BC Hydro electricity outage affected more than 6724 households in Prince Rupert on Feb. 1. (Black Press files)

BC Hydro electricity outage affected more than 6724 households in Prince Rupert on Feb. 1. (Black Press files)

Hydro outage affected thousands in Prince Rupert region

Circuit transmission failure cited as cause of BC Hydro outage in Prince Rupert

A power outage affected more than 6724 BC Hydro customers in the Prince Rupert region on Feb. 1 just after 1 p.m.

The cause of the outage on the BC Hydro website was listed as a transmission circuit failure.

Dave Mosure coordinator of Northern Community Relations for BC Hydro, said the full details of the issue were still working their way to him.

“It was an issue at the transmission level, which is our large tower of higher voltage fields and it feeds everybody. (Hydro) then gets broken down into what we call the distribution voltages, and it goes out into the various communities,” Mosure said.

Crews were able to access the substation and restore electricity to customers by 1:30 pm.

“People will be phased back in as chunks to avoid over loading the system,” he said.

No additional outages are expected during the restoration process, Mosure said.


 
K-J Millar | Journalist 
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