275 kV substation explosion in Durban leaves residents in darkness

South Africa, Durban: An explosion at a 275 kV substation in Klaarwater led to a major power outage in several suburbs last Wednesday.

The substation is located just south of Durban and is reportedly the second one that experienced an explosion in the past two days, according to residents living in the affected areas.

The loud explosion was heard by residents and black smoke made visibility so poor on some roads in the vicinity that vehicles were forced to turn back.

Ethekwini Municipality’s spokesperson, Msawakhe Mayisela, said that a transformer in a substation in Klaarwater had been gutted.

He said the explosion and subsequent fire plunged most of Chatsworth, Pinetown and the greater Queensburgh suburbs into darkness.

In a statement yesterday afternoon, Mayisela said: “eThekwini Municipality sincerely apologises for the inconvenience this will cause to residents. Our teams are at the scene and working to restore power as soon as possible.”

Source: IOL