Red Eléctrica acted swiftly to both guarantee the electricity supply in the area affected by the fire and to avoid incidents.
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The General Director for Industry, Energy and Mines of the Regional Government of Castilla-La Mancha, José Luis Cabezas, wanted to know, first hand, the work carried out by Red Eléctrica for the replacement of the Aceca-Valdemoro 220 kilovolt (kV) line that runs over the tyre dump affected by a major fire on 13 May in Seseña (Toledo).
During the visit, he was accompanied by Red Eléctrica’s Regional Delegate, José Ignacio Fernández, the Manager of Facilities Maintenance Area, Manuel López, the Manager of the Centre Demarcation, Mario Castro, as well as by several experts who explained the work undertaken in the area.
The General Director was informed of how the fire caused temperatures above 1,000 degrees Celsius to be reached, causing thermal expansion of the conductors of the 220-kV Aceca-Valdemoro line and actually melt them in the section that passes over the dump. The towers affected managed to stay upright thanks to the fact that the grounding and fibre optic cable stayed taut at all times and as on the same day of the event the anchoring cables were installed on the towers to avoid them falling down on two transportation routes that would have seriously been affected: the R-4 motorway and the AVE train line. Supporting frames were also installed in crossing areas over the AVE and the R-4.
From the Red Eléctrica’s Centre Demarcation, all material, equipment and personnel needed to address any impact of the fire on the line or adjacent towers was quickly mobilised: 25 people, two backhoe loaders, two trucks with materials, a cherry-picker crane and an articulated boom crane were deployed to the fire area.
Given the magnitude of the fire, the repair works only progressed once the fire and smoke in the area allowed the work to begin. The General Director for Industry, Energy and Mines of the Regional Government of Castilla-La Mancha appreciated very much the swift action and the work being carried out by Red Eléctrica de España to continue ensuring the electricity supply, which has avoided risks and damage to other infrastructure in the area.