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High voltage fault caused power cuts

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LIGHTS flickered across the island yesterday evening and some houses were without electricity for almost two hours.

The NKT team loading the subsea cable onto the cable-laying vessel. (26096106)

It was due to a high voltage fault on the distribution network in the Vale area on which resulted in some customers experiencing a power outage between 9.30pm and 11.15pm.

'Our engineers responded quickly in the power station to identify the issue before restoring supplies,' head of generation at Guernsey Electricity Jon Sexton said.

He apologised for disruption caused to customers and understood that having no power can be frustrating.

'This event again reinforces the need for Guernsey to have secure and reliable undersea electricity cable connections to the island so that the power station can be used as a back-up measure.

'The new subsea cable between Guernsey and Jersey has been successfully laid and will be energised by early November.'

Guernsey Electricity also continues to progress a second cable connection direct to France to further enhance the security of electricity supply.

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