The fire outbreak at an underground tunnel was the result of attempted cable theft on Sunday morning, affecting multiple feeders and load centre at various substations in the central business district.
Explaining the correlation between the fire and theft, City Power’s Sol Masolo told Eye Witness News: “Normally, when they burn the cable, they’re trying to make sure that the power would trip and once it trips, the cable becomes safer for them to cut.”
[quote]As a result, multiple areas in Johannesburg have experienced power outage in the inner city.
Affected areas include Marshalltown, Jeppe East and West, Plein Street East and West, Pritchardt Central, President Street, Albertina Sisulu Street, Sanlam Centre, Standard Bank Centre, Bree Street, Kazerne, Production Park, Durban Street East and West, Doornfontein and surrounds, ABSA Centre (within the City centre), and the FNB Bank City (within the City centre).
The utility told Eyewitness News it will cost the utility around R15 million ($1.1 million) to replace the cables that were stolen. Read more…
City Power employs specialists
To mitigate any potential health and safety damage caused to technicians, the utility requested environmental and safety experts to assess the situation and advise when the site was safe for technicians to enter.
In a company statement issued this morning, City Power said: “Environmental specialists have declared the tunnels affected by attempted cable theft fire free of noxious gases as of last night.
“This has enabled our technicians and electricians early this morning to enter the tunnels and to start with the work to repair and replace damaged and burnt cables.”
The company added: “This comes after the technicians completed the assessment work which involved cleaning up the tunnels, inspecting the transformers, cables and other electrical equipment last night.” Read more…
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