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Substation blast causes power cut
13 August 2012


A DAMAGING explosion at the Mount Road substation at the weekend saw parts of Nelson Mandela Bay plunged into darkness, with Perridgevale being the last to be reconnected late yesterday afternoon.

Electricity supply was restored to North End, Central, Newton Park, Greenacres, Sydenham and Holland Park on Saturday night after a high-voltage transformer blew up at the substation on Friday.

Perridgevale was without electricity yesterday due to a failure at its Kestellhof substation – suspected to have experienced a crippling surge when Mount Road was switched back on – but was reconnected by late yesterday afternoon.

The municipality’s acting communications director, Marthie Nel, said yesterday that electricity supply had been restored to all parts of the city.

“Any isolated household or street that does experience a power failure must please report this to the electricity call centre [so] that the problem can be investigated,” she said.

The electricity outage had seen North End (from Kempston Road), Central, Perridgevale, Sydenham, Newton Park and Holland Park plunged into darkness as the blow-up caused significant damage to the substation and its equipment.

Some shops in the Greenacres and The Bridge shopping centres could not open on Saturday as a result of the power outage.

Keith Wentworth of the Yo! Studios at The Bridge said they had lost a considerable amount of revenue from having to close shop all day on Saturday.

“We really can’t afford to lose turnover like this, especially during these tough times,” he said.

Problems can be reported to the electricity call centre on (041) 506-5535 or (041)374-4434.


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TheRef [14 August 2012 6:39]
Deputy Motlanthe talk is cheap show us tax payers some action!
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TheRef [14 August 2012 6:36]
This is the second Transformer failure in as may years.The question is where is the maintenance schedules for the equipment if any!
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