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Contractor damages cable and plunges Gib into darkness

A damaged high voltage cable triggered a Rock-wide power cut that left businesses and homes alike in the dark for the best part of two hours on Monday. Photo by Johnny Bugeja

A contractor damaged one of the Rock’s high voltage cables on the ex-MOD network on Monday, causing a Gibraltar-wide blackout that lasted for nearly two hours.

On Monday morning at approximately 11:23 electricity was lost to homes and businesses across the Rock.

“Upon conducting our investigations, it was established that a private contractor whilst carrying out works in the South district, damaged one of our high voltage cables on the ex-MOD network,” GibElec said in a statement after power was restored.

GibElec staff were able to commence restoring power after isolating the affected cable at around 12:04pm.

According to the company, all power was restored by 1:12pm.

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