Blackout remains a mystery
ERGON Energy does not know what caused a malfunction to the main supply line to the Mossman substation which left 3494 customers without power last week.
The blackout occurred in Mossman and parts of Mt Molly, Julatten and the Daintree last Thursday, December 1, shortly before 10am and was restored to all affected areas by 11.30am.
Ergon Energy’s Manager Regional Services Geoff Bowes said the incident was not related to the broader Cairns interruption later that day.
“A helicopter was deployed from the Tableland to inspect the line, although no obvious damage was found,” he said.
“While it is unclear at this time what caused the malfunction, our control systems indicated a possible earthing problem on the high voltage network.
“This would usually indicate an issue like a tree fallen onto powerlines or a fallen line, but no such damage was found.”
The blackout stopped ATM’S from working and left shops and homes without power and Ergon is still investigating the cause.