Fuel Security News

Diesel theft from generator leaves hundreds without power

Tue, November 11, 2014 - 10:34:00

Hundreds of households on Barry Island were left power-less for two days after a fault led to a power outage, and thieves stole diesel from the backup generator.

423 Barry Island residents awoke to no power on the morning of November 4th, due to a fault with a transformer that had developed in Western Power Distribution’s Plymouth Road Substation. Residents were left without power from 3.15am until 7.30am and then again on November 5th, after thieves risked their lives to steal diesel from a temporary measure generator.

Western Power Distribution Substation identified that a transformer needed to be replaced, and engineers at the company planned to replace the damaged transformer on November 7th which they warned would leave residents without power again for a further two to three hours whilst the work is carried out.

A Western Power Distribution spokeswoman said: “Diesel fuel was stolen from the temporary generator which meant that the same 423 customers went off supply again. To prevent any further theft of fuel from the generator our engineers have now connected the temporary generator to a mains supply.

“The mindless theft of diesel from our generator not only caused added inconvenience to our customers, but also put the lives of those responsible for the theft at risk. Our equipment carries very high voltage electricity and we would urge the public to always keep their distance.

“We would also like to apologise to those customers who have been inconvenienced.”

This case identifies that no matter what the risk to the individual, thieves will go above and beyond to steal fuel from storage containers. This should give the public who have fuel in storage, more reason to protect their containers in whatever way they can. For information and ideas on how you can keep your fuel tanks secure, including tank alarms and creating obstacles, take a look at our two guides on the Fuel Security Monitor section of our website: 1) Diesel Fuel Security Guide and 2) Domestic Heating Oil Security Guide or visit our Twitter page @FuelSecurityMon.

Data sourced on Tuesday 11th November 2014 from the Barry and District News website.