(QldGovSpin) NSW generator faults sparked national power outages

Submitted by Editor on Tue, 17/08/2004 - 23:58

Energy Minister Stephen Robertson today called on the operator of the national electricity network to launch a full investigation into what caused last night's power outages in four states.

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Natural Resources, Mines & Energy, Stephen Robertson
naturalresources@cabinet.qld.gov.au
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14/08/04

Mr Robertson held urgent talks this morning with senior executives of Energex, Ergon Energy and Powerlink to establish the cause of outages that affected 251,000 customers throughout Queensland.

"I am advised by the National Electricity Market Management Company (NEMMCO) that the outages were the result of a major system fault in the NSW Hunter Valley.

"NEMMCO have confirmed that transmission equipment failure in a number of NSW generators at 9.44 pm shook the National Electricity Grid and caused power outages in NSW, Queensland, Victoria and South Australia.

"I am calling on NEMMCO as operator of the national electricity market to provide me with an urgent report on what caused the failure that triggered outages across the national grid from South Australia to Queensland."

"I will also be organising a telephone hook-up with my ministerial counterparts in other states to discuss ways we can improve the national electricity market."

Mr Robertson said he was satisfied that Queensland's electricity generation, transmission and distribution systems were not responsible for last night's power outages.

"This was a major disturbance that had national consequences resulting from faults outside Queensland's control."

"In fact, Queensland's transmission and electricity distribution networks operated as they were designed and protected the system from wider outages."

"Power to most customers across Queensland was restored within 20 minutes and all power was back on by 11.30pm. "

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