Allandale substation down again after brief recovery

21 March 2019 - 12:41 By Nico Gous
The Allandale substation in Midrand where a fire broke out on Wednesday March 20 2019. It was shut down again on Thursday, March 21 2019, to avoid a possible disaster following an oil leak.
The Allandale substation in Midrand where a fire broke out on Wednesday March 20 2019. It was shut down again on Thursday, March 21 2019, to avoid a possible disaster following an oil leak.
Image: Supplied/City Power

The Allandale substation in Midrand was shut down again on Thursday after briefly coming back online after a fire that broke out on Wednesday was extinguished.

"[The] Allendale substation, the scene of a fire yesterday (Wednesday), is again under total shutdown following an oil leak scare on the other transformer connected to replace the burnt-out one," City Power spokesperson Isaac Mangena said.

"According to Eskom, the new transformer experienced some problems earlier today. Suspicion is that it was affected by yesterday’s fire."

Mangena said the shutdown was a precautionary measure to avoid a "possible disaster".

"Eskom technicians are currently working in it and doing tests."

It is affecting Tembisa and parts of Midrand.

"We do not have time of return currently but we will communicate as and when information becomes available from Eskom" Mangena said.


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