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Recent Eurobodalla power outages explained : Essential Energy

Essential Energy has restored power to more than 21,000 customers in the Eurobodalla area following power outages experienced Thursday & Friday evening and early this morning.

Head of Operations, Sarah Roche, said crews were kept busy Thursday and Friday afternoons and well into the night responding to a range of power outages and incidents, including trees coming into contact with powerlines, broken wires and damaged network equipment as a result of a severe weather front moving across the coast shortly after 4pm both days.

“Around 1,900 customers in Surfbeach, Lilli Pilli and Sunshine Bay were affected by a power outage, with other outages affecting customers in the North Durras, South Durras, Maloneys Beach, Long Beach, Surfside and areas north and south of Moruya,” Sarah said.

“Supply was progressively restored to most customers by 9.00pm, however, 111 customers in Surf Beach remained without supply until a generator could be connected to resupply customers at around 3.00am.”

A small number of individual customers across the Eurobodalla area remained without supply Friday night with crews continuing to attend to 8 separate incidents Saturday morning as a result of last night’s weather event.

Early Sunday morning, crews restored supply to over 16,000 customers in Moruya and surrounding areas following an unplanned power outage.

“The unplanned power outage was caused by a fault in the zone substation” Sarah said.

Network protection equipment activated around 4:30am to isolate supply to the area.

“Attending crews secured the safety of the site, re-routed power around the network and began to back-feed to progressively restore supply to majority of customers by 6:10am. Supply was restored to all customers by 6:35am.”

Essential Energy urges residents to be cautious around fallen powerlines and other electrical hazards.

“Residents are reminded to report fallen powerlines, network damage, fires or trees contacting powerlines to Essential Energy on 13 20 80 or call Triple-0 if the situation is life threatening,” Sarah said.

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