10 Oct 2014

Panel to investigate power cut

11:33 am on 10 October 2014

Transpower and Vector have appointed a three person panel panel for a technical investigation into the Auckland power cut this week.

Penrose substation

Work to repair cabling at the Penrose substation. Photo: Transpower

The blackout started on Sunday after a fire at the Penrose substation.

Eighty five thousand homes and businesses were affected with some without power for two days.

The companies have appointed industry experts Bob Simpson, a former Chief engineer with Transpower, Ian McBurney, an electrical engineer, and Brian Gregory, who is a world expert in cable systems.

Penrose fire

Firefighters at the electricity substation in the Auckland suburb Penrose. Photo: RNZ / Anusha Bradley

The investigation is expected to take about four weeks.

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