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Fire at Eskom substation causes havoc at CPT airport

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The Cape Town International Airport was affected by a fire that broke out at Eskom’s airport substation yesterday. Pic credit: Chapmans Peak Hotel

In South Africa, state-owned power utility Eskom experienced a fire at its airport substation in Cape Town on Tuesday, which impacted on an estimated 20,000 direct customers in the airport industria and surrounding areas, Eye Witness News reported.

Eskom: Unplanned interruption

Eskom’s Western Cape Provincial Communication and Stakeholder Manager, Jolene Henn said yesterday: “This morning we had an unplanned interruption due to a fire at the airport substation.

“Our technical staff are currently on site, but we can only start with the actual repair work once the fire has been extinguished and the area has been declared safe.”

Back-up power

This power outage resulted in immediate stoppage of the baggage carousels and escalators and affected areas included Nyanga, Bishop Lavis and Heilbot.

EWN reported that airport staff were assisted by passengers to help those needing assistance in wheelchairs.

Airport spokeswoman, Deirdre David told Reuters that back-up power systems came online to ensure that the core systems of the airport remained in operation.

Henn added: “Our technical staff has started with all the repair work at the substation, but we’ve also tried to pick up some customers via alternative supply points. At this stage, we estimate full restoration time at approximately 4pm.”

Henn said that an investigation was underway to determine the cause of the fire, Eye Witness News reported.

She added: “At this stage, we cannot confirm when the power will be completely restored to all the affected areas, but we do ask that all the customers must please treat all installations as live for the full duration of the outage.”


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Ashley Theron
Ashley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa.