High-power fault cuts supply to thousands
MUCH OF Rockhampton and the Capricorn Coast was left without electricity yesterday by a fault in a high-voltage line.
The fault occurred at 1.06pm on one of two high- voltage lines carrying elec- tricity between Boulder- combe and Rockhampton affecting more than 19,000 Ergon Energy customers.
Supply was interrupted to four of Rockhampton's eight substations, cutting power to properties across Rock- hampton and the Capricorn Coast and as far north as Clairview.
A spokeswoman for Powerlink, which supplies electricity from Stanwell power station to Ergon's substations, said power was restored to 15,000 customers within 20 minutes.
Some customers, howev- er, were forced to wait until after 3.30pm for power to be reconnected.
The spokeswoman said an adjacent high voltage line would have been able to car- ry the entire load but was out of action as the company performed upgrade work.
But the outage played havoc with Rockhampton motorists with many traffic lights affected.
Fortunately power was quickly restored to many but it's believed the outage was responsible for a two- vehicle collision on the cor- ner of High Street and Moores Creek Road.