Wellington Scoop

Three suburbs without power for 30 minutes; failure in substation being upgraded

A power cut this morning left Brooklyn, Newtown and Island Bay without electricity for about thirty minutes.

The DomPost reports that the problem was at the Palm Grove substation.

It says after the power was restored, Wellington Hospital was still depending on its backup generator.

At the end of last year, Wellington Electricity began “a major upgrade”of the substation which failed today.

The company said it would be making several deliveries of large equipment to the site, which is in the area bounded by Adelaide Road, Luxford Street and Britomart Street.

The website of Wellington Electricity (full name Wellington Electricity Lines Ltd) lists the upgrade as a current project.

It says:

As an essential service provider, Wellington Electricity is committed to ensuring our customers are well informed about our operations in the community. We regularly engage in a number of network inspection, maintenance, upgrade and survey works, to provide a safe and reliable power supply to our customers.

So far we have received no information from the company about this morning’s breakdown.

The company was sold by Vector in 2009 to two Hong Kong companies controlled by an Asian billionaire. The parent company now has its headquarters in the Bahamas.