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Duncan substation in need of emergency repairs

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DUNCAN, Okla._The Duncan City Council has approved roughly $40,000 for an emergency repair of a part on an electrical transformer.

City officials are working to get it fixed as quickly as possible, because in a worst-case scenario, the entire transformer could rupture which would not only knock out power to thousands, but could cost close to $1 million to fix.

It's a metal piece called a bushing and it connects the transformer to the wires on electric poles. It's the bushing that’s leaking oil. David Yeager, Duncan's Electric Utilities Director, says they will need to do an emergency repair because waiting longer will create more damage.

"It would cause the transformer to expand really rapidly, usually spews out oil. Oil is hot, it hits that hot metal, catches on fire and then it would burn up basically. So it's not something that we could just ignore," explained Yeager.

The repair will cost about $39,000 to fix and Yeager explains customers will not have to worry about a loss in electricity.

"Friday night, early Thursday morning, we're going to take an outage and make these repairs. Now the only thing that'll be off is the sub station. All our customers will still be on. They'll all have power," said Yeager.

Customers who use power close to that sub station will be switched to stations on Elder Avenue and Stephens Avenue. Yeager says the cost may seem expensive, but it's worth it.

"We kind of see this as not only fixing an immediate problem, but it's kind of a life extension project as well. So, it's going to be money well spent," said Yeager.

It won't be fixed until next week because they are still waiting on parts to arrive from Ohio and help from technicians from Oklahoma City to assist with the repairs.

They will only be able to make repairs if the weather permits. But, if there is too much moisture in the air, even from humidity, they will have to postpone.


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