Central Esbjerg without heat during freeze

Failure at power station left residents of Denmark’s fifth largest city in the cold

Following an unseasonably warm December, residents in the centre of Esbjerg, Denmark’s fifth largest city on the west coast of Jutland, were unlucky to be without heating and hot water for several hours on Sunday morning, with sub-zero temperatures and high winds outside, due to a failure at the city’s main power station, DR reports.

“There has been a power failure at Esbjerg power station. And that has led to there being no heat in the whole of the city centre. We are running with the small power stations in the outlying areas such as Andrup, Sædding and Gjesing,” Thomas Michaelsen, a representative of the utility company Din Forsyning, told DR.

“Both Esbjerg power station and we are working flat out to resolve the problem.”

At 11am South Jutland Police posted on Twitter that heating should resume within an hour and Michaelsen confirmed to TV2 News that there would be normal operations by midday.