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Electricity Generation: Fires

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 19th June 2012.

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Photo of Philip Hollobone Philip Hollobone Conservative, Kettering

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many electrical substation fires there have been in each of the last five years; and what reason was given for each such fire.

Photo of Charles Hendry Charles Hendry The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

DECC has data only for supply interruptions reportable under the Electricity Safety, Quality and Continuity Regulations 2002. These are interruptions affecting 20 megawatts of demand for three minutes or longer, or interruptions affecting 5,000 consumers or five megawatts of demand for one hour or longer. According to our records the number of reports due to substation fires in each of the last five years were:

  Number of reports Reasons
2007-08 3 Transformer failure, switchgear failure, unknown
2008-09 4 Two transformer failure, switchgear failure, slow fault clearance
2009-10 3 All three were cable failures
2010-11 1 Switchgear failure
2011-12 2 Cable failure, switchgear failure.

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