The City of Ekurhuleni has finally completed the upgrading of the Diens Street Substation in Alberton.

The facility serves as a generation distribution solution for the heavy load users in the Alrode industrial area which used to experience sporadic power outages – negatively impacting on production.

Yesterday 12 December, Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Water, Sanitation and Energy Cllr Thembi Msane led the official commissioning of the substation.

The upgrade works included the construction of a switch room which will serve as a backup during prolonged load-shedding; and the installation of two 30MVA transformers with the firm capacity to feed the whole Alrode industrial area and parts of the Thokoza residential area.

MMC Msane pleads with the customers in the Alrode industrial area to adhere to the load curtailment schedule to avoid overloading the grid thus causing unnecessary power outages due to tripping.

Msane says the city on the other hand will continue to beef up security measures to protect municipal infrastructure from vandals and also to curb the prevalent cable theft and tampering with the city’s essential infrastructure.

Ekurhuleni is the industrial hub of the country and thus investing in infrastructure becomes a critical priority to lessen the economically devastating impact of load-shedding and to stabilise the grid.