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City centre hit by power outage

An outage caused loss of power to parts of the city centre for a prolonged period yesterday morning.

The outage began shortly after 9am and continued into the early afternoon.

A Gibraltar Government spokesman explained that a fault in the High Voltage System was identified by an electrical protection relay situated in Orange Bastion Distribution Centre.

“The investigation that followed narrowed the fault to the protection relay itself,” the spokesman said.

“It was nonetheless necessary to check the integrity of the associated High Voltage cables and to reconfigure the High Voltage network before the power could be restored safely.”

The GSD expressed concern at the power outage and highlighted that it is the second time in as many weeks that this area has been affected by a prolonged power failure.

“The Government must ensure that the electrical infrastructure is afforded an appropriate level of priority in order that businesses and residences do not suffer the lengthy failures of recent weeks,” the party said.

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