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Consequences of Transformer Explosions

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Transformer explosions lead to different consequences, depending on the transformer location. We can classify the risks as below:

Transformer explosions can be found almost on a daily basis, and the consequences vary for each of them. The risk cannot be denied. Insurers and risk managers consider the transformers as critical due to the consequences that a failure can lead to.

It has been observed on many occasions:

  • Damaged Plants and substations damaged
  • Outage that can reach several months, leading to loss of production
  • Large fire becoming wild, devasting the environment, residential areas and industries
  • Outstanding investment loss, especially loss of production often not covered in the insurance contract
  • Insurance Premium Increase
  • Human life risk, up to injuring or killing people
  • Environmental pollution, as transformers contain several tons of oil
  • Communities and Political consequences, which can lead to plant closure
  • People evacuation in buildings, plants, hospital, hotels, etc.

Transformer explosion risk should not be neglected. Transformers should all follow the National Fire Protection Association recommendations NFPA 850, which include a Fast Depressurization System.



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