North Auckland, Northland Outage - Power Restored
30 October 2009
North Auckland and Northland Outage
Power has now been restored to all areas affected by a power outage this morning due to a forklift carrying a container hitting the 220 kV transmission line between Otahuhu and Henderson. Areas were restored by 1pm.
The outage, occurring just after 8.00am this morning caused loss of supply to North Auckland and Northland (about 280,000 consumers).
Chief Executive Patrick Strange said that a new project planned to be commissioned by 2014 will help to prevent this sort of event occurring in the future.
“The North Auckland and Northland Grid Upgrade project (NAaN project) involves installing a new underground cable circuit between Pakuranga and Albany. This new circuit will provide supply diversity from the double circuit transmission line between Otahuhu and Henderson that was affected by today’s outage.”