High Voltage Power Shutdown
To all store Nominees and Business Principals:
As you are aware, there was an SP Ausnet enforced shutdown on Sunday 28 July.
The shutdown should not have impacted the Central Cooling Plant. However, for reasons not yet understood, the Central Plant lost power and damaged critical control mechanisms including the fibre optic module, a sector controller and a bank of relays which impacted a number stores.
Manual overrides have now been activated and the control panels will be replaced within the next 12 hours. The MMA has engaged individual store refrigeration contractors to inspect every store and validate operating conditions.
Representatives from the MMA will be visiting each of the stores on Tuesday 30 July at the beginning of trade to review operating conditions.
Why was there a power shutdown?
The reason for the power shutdown is twofold;
- The local electricity infrastructure provider, AUSNET shut off power to not only the Melbourne Market but the entire local area to upgrade power lines to the Northern Hospital.
- The MMA used the imposed shutdown as an opportunity to complete annual mandatory high voltage safety testing.
Sunday 4 August 2019
This shutdown has been postponed until further notice.
If you have any questions, please contact the help desk on 9258 6419.