Bedfordshire power station at centre of national power cut

Galtero Lara
Agosto 14, 2019

Andrea Leadsom, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, said Friday's power outage said there would be an investigation following the "enormous disruption".

A Bedfordshire power station is believed to be at the centre of a major power cut across chunks of the United Kingdom on Friday.

She added: "National Grid must urgently review and report to Ofgem".

The committee will look at whether National Grid, which manages the electricity supply system, stuck to its processes and procedures and if these were fit-for-purpose.

Pettigrew was however quick to dismiss reports suggesting that a cyber attack was to blame, stressing that National Grid is "certain" it was the result of a "freak coincidence" and not an attack on grid infrastructure.

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The National Grid said Friday's blackout started when the gas-fired plant at Little Barford disconnected. Two minutes later, Hornsea's offshore wind farm disconnected.

He told Radio 4: "We think that worked well; we think the safety protection systems across the industry, on generators and on the network, worked well to secure and keep the grid safe, to make sure that we preserved power to the vast proportion of the country".

Duncan Burt, operations director at National Grid, said the power cut was an "incredibly rare event", but back-up systems had "worked well" in response. Many appeared to emerge from darkness, following the loss of power at the station.

National Grid said all demand was restored by 5.40pm but knock-on effects hit railways into Saturday.

Shadow business and energy secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey and Manuel Cortes, general secretary of the Transport Salaried Staffs Association, both branded the incident as "unacceptable" and called for an account of what happened.

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