Black­out re­mains a mys­tery

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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