Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Power substation fire causes blackout, traffic jams in Jakarta

Compiled from detik.com, Xinhua & Tempo Interactive

An electricity substation of the stated-owned firm PLN (Perushaan Listrik negara) has been razed by fire, causing blackout and traffic jams at parts of the capital of the country.
Fire from explosions at the Cawang Baru office of the State Electricity Company in East Jakarta has cut half of the capital from electricity, with Central, East, and South Jakarta become the most extensively affected areas. The fire occurred at around 13 : 30 p.m. Jakarta time and it could be extinguished in fifty minutes, General manager of PLN Purnomo Willy said.

The electricity outage has caused traffic lights turn off, triggering serious traffic jams in many parts of the city.

The manager said that the fire caused power outage at parts of east and south of Jakarta.

“Power cut occurred in Gambir (Central Jakarta), Kuningan (South Jakarta), Manggarai (South Jakarta), Pulomas (East Jakarta), Cawang (East Jakarta), Jatinegara (East Jakarta), Kramat Jati (East Jakarta), Cikini (Central Jakarta), and Mampang (South Jakarta)," Ikhsan L, Distribution Manager for Greater Jakarta and Tangerang Area said.

The fire have destroyed two out of six 500 kilovolts transformators in the main power terminal, but Ikhsan said he could not predict on how long the repair works could be completed.

General Manager for Distribution in Greater Jakarta and Tangerang Area Purnomo Willy told Tempo that the company is distributing power loads to other power terminals in the capital to reduce the extent of power cuts, but added that only 30 – 40 percent of the actual capacity could be distributed through the alternative lines, while the remaining capacity will have to remain cut from the customers.