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Power outage caused by a third party to be restored on Saturday

04 Dec 2018
Communications

04 December 2018

Time: 10h40

Media Alert


City Power would like to apologize to the residents and business customers in Doornfontein, Troyville, Jeppestown, and Kazerne for the prolonged power outage that has interrupted their lives and businesses.

 

It is now feared that the Van Beek oil-filled feeder cable that was damaged yesterday by a third party contractor will only be restored on Saturday.

 

The damage done on the cable by a fibre optic company is approximately 20 meters long and it runs across the street. Where the incident happened is right in the corner which is an awkward space for City Power technicians to work in.

 

City Power technicians are still on site remaining resolute that they will drill the road, cut the damaged portion of the cable out, replace it with a new oil-filled cable and  lay the sleeve through which the new cable has to be put through.

 

To get a new oil-filled cable working after it has been replaced takes four days on its own. The reason for this is that oil-filled cables need to be moisture tested, tested for leaks, tested for carbon content and if there is moisture and other unwanted material they have to be  removed. The cable also needs to be pressure tested.

 

The situation is made worse by the fact that the third party contractor who damaged the cable was using the water when he was drilling the area. The area is wet and our technicians have to make sure that the water does not make its way into the cable as it might cause another damage.

 

City Power technicians have to make joints between the new cable and the old cable. This is also another time consuming exercise.

 

City Power technicians started with the repairs on the cable last night and so far 32% of the damaged cable has been repaired and restored. The rest of the station where the cable feeds from will remain off while repairs are continuing.

 

City Power will keep affected customers updated as and when new information becomes available.

 

 

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For media queries please contact

Isaac Mangena – City Power Spokesperson on 0718848273

@Ice_izo @CityPowerJHB