Power outage big, but brief

A power outage that affected more than half the electricity customers in Grand Cayman Friday morning blacked out residents from Seven Mile Beach all the way to the East End.

About 11,500 customers lost power temporarily; that’s 52 per cent of Caribbean Utilities Company customers on the island.

CUC Officials said they were still reviewing the incident late Friday afternoon, but Corporate Communications Manager Caren Thompson said it appeared the outage was due to a fault which occurred with a transformer in the company’s largest engine room.

‘Service to our eastern districts went out from about 8.21am to 8.52am,’ said Ms Thompson. ‘The problem was repaired quickly.’

Outages stretched from the East End to Spotts, sections of the South Sound and Walkers road, parts of George Town, and northern and southern sections of Seven Mile Beach.

Customers in Prospect, areas of Bodden Town, and Queen’s Highway were not affected.

Ms Thompson also said underwater power lines which supply Old Man Bay west to Rum Point were not affected in the outage.