CUC explains outages

Electricity consumers in the eastern districts were affected by a major power outage between 10:20 pm and 11.59pm Monday.

The outage affected customers from Destiny Drive in Lower Valley up to East End and Old Man Bay in North Side. Customers between Old Man Bay and Rum Point were unaffected by this outage as they were being serviced by the submarine cable, which remained in service.

The outage was caused by a failure of the protection system at the company’s Bodden Town Substation when a fault occurred on a distribution line near Northward Road. Service was restored to all customers within one and a half hours.

CUC’s crews are in the process of repairing the faulty protection system at the Bodden Town substation, which they determined was also the cause of other recent outages, the most recent having occurred on Tuesday, 25 September, when customers in the eastern districts experienced loss of service for close to two and a half hours starting at 2.25am. Once the fault is rectified the company does not anticipate further outages in relation to this problem.

In an effort to minimise, or in some cases eliminate, these types of outages, CUC is working to complete the Eastern Transmission Loop and it is anticipated that the line will be constructed and in service in late 2008.

CUC and its T&D subcontractor, MasTec, Inc., are constructing the transmission loop, which includes the planting of 245 concrete poles and installing of 69 kiloVolt (kV) transmission lines between the Frank Sound and Rum Point substations.

Phase one (Frank Sound substation to Old Man Bay) consisted of 85 poles and is nearing completion and the construction of phase two (Old Man Bay to Rum Point substation) consisting of a further 160 concrete poles will commence in early December.

Once operational in late 2008, the new transmission line will greatly enhance the reliability of service and provide for future customer growth requirements in the eastern districts.

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