At least 200,000 left in dark by power cuts

17th July 2006, Comments 0 comments

17 July 2006, MADRID — Ten thousand people in Madrid were still left without any electricity on Monday after two fires caused a massive power cut.

17 July 2006

MADRID — Ten thousand people in Madrid were still left without any electricity on Monday after two fires caused a massive power  cut.

Two transformers in substations of Iberdrola and Union Fenosa were disabled by the fires which started on Saturday night.

A short-circuit in the substation of Iberdrola caused the worst blackout. 

By 2.30am on Monday, after firefighters said the area was safe, electricians were able to restore power.

A spokesman for Iberdrola said it had been difficult to restore power because of the high level of heat in the substation caused by the fire.

At its worst point, 50,000 clients – about 200,000 people  - in the capital were left without any power in the central areas of Arguelles, Moncloa, where the prime minister has his official residence, Chamberi and Universidad.

Street lights, including traffic lights, were out of use, throwing the traffic in the capital into chaos.

A number of people were trapped in lifts.

Some concerts had to be abandoned.

But Iberdrola said the power cut or the fire had not been caused by too many users.

The Union Fenosa substation in the Arenal area also caught fire.

Fire fighters quickly put the blaze out, but it had affected about 2,500 users.

It is the third power cut this year. In April, another fire at an Union Fenosa electricity substation left about 74,000 users without power for hours. 

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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