Blown transformer at BIW causes outages in south Bath

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BATH — Approximately 3,400 Central Maine Power Co. customers were without power for about two hours Thursday night after a transformer blew out at Bath Iron Works.

CMP was completing the process of restoring power to all of the city following the recent storm, when the transformer inside the shipyard blew around 10 p.m., Fire Chief Steve Hinds said Friday.

CMP was “finally putting all the power back in town and ramping everything back up when that went,” he said. “They had just gotten to the point that everything … was fixed, and it was time to put the power back on the regular grid, and they had a transformer go.”

BIW spokesman Jim DeMartini said Friday that the issue caused the main shipyard to lose power and affected the CMP substation that feeds southern Bath and Phippsburg. DeMartini said the incident caused third shift operations to be cancelled at BIW, affecting about 100 people. Friday’s first shift ran as scheduled.