Nampower tower collapses

Vandalism involved
Nampower's Omburu-Khan 2 220 kV line collapsed on Thursday because of alleged vandalism.
Vandalism may have led to the collapse of a tower of Nampower's Omburu-Khan 2 220 kV line near Omaruru on Thursday afternoon.

Tower '282' collapsed at 13:34. No power interruption was experienced due to the trip of the Omburu – Khan 2 220 kV circuit. This specific line is one of the transmission lines which supply the coastal area. "Upon inspection of the line, it was discovered that the supporting stay wires on the power line were removed. It is suspected that it is as a result of vandalism. The illegal removal of the stay wires compromised the support of the tower and resulted in its collapse," said Nampower spokesperson Irene Hoaes.

The collapse of the tower resulted in a veld fire which was subsequently extinguished. "This specific incident highlights the precautionary measures which have to be undertaken by people situated along the line servitudes. Non-adherence to safe distances and clearances around electricity infrastructure can result in hazards, injury, or electrocution," she warned, adding that for the safety of the public, all wires and infrastructure must be treated as dangerous during any such incidents.