The fire at Torrens Island switchyard (Wed 27th March 2024) curtailed the Torrens Battery

Yesterday we wrote briefly about ‘Electrical fire in switchyard at Torrens Island Power station’ following a tip on 7News.

Taking advantage of the ‘next day public’ data set released after 04:00 NEM time today, I’ve dialled up the ‘Bids & Offers’ widget inside of ez2view to have a quick look at what might be seen, looking back 7 days:


The window above is filtered down to the TIBESS station (i.e. for the Torrens Island Battery), so the ‘preparing for IESS v9.9.1.98’ copy I am running shows both sides of the battery together.  In the Bids Table below that we see (in amongst all of the automatically generated and formatted rebids) a bid that stands out as manually submitted:

  • It was submitted at 15:54:30 (NEM time)
  • First used for the 16:00 dispatch interval (i.e. which is run at ~15:55, so the rebid just scraped in before ‘gate closure’)
  • Speaks about ‘Unexpected/plant limits~Disconnection from Switchyard’ in the rebid reason.



Comparing the preceding bid in the ‘Bids Comparison’ function in the ‘Bids & Offers’ widget we can see the capacity was withdrawn for a number of hours as a result of the switchyard fire.

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Paul McArdle
One of three founders of Global-Roam back in 2000, Paul has been CEO of the company since that time. As an author on WattClarity, Paul's focus has been to help make the electricity market more understandable.

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