Lights Out For The West End Overnight

June 27, 2010

1167050_light_bulbAs many locals are aware, the West End of Bermuda experienced a power outage last night from approximately 11pm – 3am.

BELCO confirms that approximately 8,900 customers lost electricity supply from 11:19pm to 3:10am. They have extended their thanks to West End customers for their patience and cooperation, and explained that the fault was due to a transmission cable.

BELCO Operations Centre staff immediately began work to restore power, including dispatching crews to commence troubleshooting. The crews located the underground transmission cable fault near Haywards Grocery Store in Warwick.

BELCO has stated that an investigation into the cause of the transmission cable fault is ongoing, and cable excavation and repair work will commence today [June 27]. They further explained the issue saying:

All BELCO transmission cables are underground. They are the high voltage cables that deliver electricity to substations for low voltage distribution to customers. When a fault occurs on a transmission cable, the system automatically isolates the affected portion of the network to protect the power station and the rest of the system. This configuration is essential, as BELCO does not have distributed generation sites, relying totally on the Central Plant in Pembroke to supply electricity to Bermuda.

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