UPDATE: Main high-voltage line damaged in power outage
UPDATE 7.10AM: THE CAUSE of a major power outage, which left thousands of homes in the dark last night, is still unknown.
Ergon Energy spokesman Rod Rehbein said the total number of customers affected was about 25,000, supplied from the South Bundaberg, Bundaberg Central and Bargara substations.
There were reports over 30,000 customers had been affected by the outage, but Mr Rehbein said investigations concluded that not to be the case.
"The extra 8000 or so in Outage Finder last night was a duplicate outage and these customers were already included as part of the South Bundaberg/Bargara outage," he said.
Ergon Energy crews spent hours trying to resolve the issue, which started at approximately 6.45pm
"The damage occurred to pole top equipment on the main high-voltage (66kV) line in Burrum St, near the rail underpass," Mr Rehbein said.
"The cause of the damage is not known at this stage."
The Bundaberg CBD was eerily dark last night, with many businesses losing power.
Traffic lights were down across the region and residential streets were pitch black.
A video from Renee Hollis was posted to the Bundaberg's 93.9 Hitz FM Facebook page and showed the view from The Hummock Lookout and a large blue flash of light occurring before most of the town was plunged into darkness.
The footage was taken from the Pier Alpha connect cameras on top of an antenna at the site.
10.10pm | POWER has been restored to those residents who were victims of a pass blackout on Tuesday night.
The power was out for more than three hours as Ergon Energy worked to repair the faults at four of its five sub-stations in the area.
9.15pm | FOUR Ergon Energy sub-stations are still out more than two hours after a wide-spread power outage took over the Bundaberg area.
Ergon Energy workers are reportedly working on returning power to at least 25,000 residents still in the dark.
7.40pm | ERGON Energy sub-stations at Bargara, Bundaberg Central, Bundaberg East and Bundaberg South are out, with Bundaberg West the only facility still operational.
Ergon Energy spokesman Rod Rehbein said workers were looking into what caused the outage.
"We don't know what damaged them, at this point," he said.
More than 33,000 people across the Bundaberg Region have been without power since 6.42pm.
Major power outage across Bundaberghttps://t.co/mFuBqW4JGn— Brisbane Times (@brisbanetimes) April 17, 2018
7.25pm | MORE than 19,512 people living at or around Bargara are without power after a mass-outage across the Bundaberg region tonight blanketed thousands in darkness.
A further 8486 people at the Kepnock area have been affected, in addition to 5294 living at or around Bundaberg.
According to Ergon Energy, the loss of energy is due to sudden damage that will require emergency repairs to be carried out immediately.
The blackout started at 6.42pm according to Ergon Energy.
Initial reports are fault findings are under way.
6.50pm | BUNDABERG residents have been left in the dark tonight after a widespread blackout hit homes and businesses across the region.
Ergon Energy spokesman Rod Rehbein said he believed the outages were spread across the Bundy area but had yet to receive confirmation.
"It seems to be more than just one line," he said.
The spokesman was unable to provide the NewsMail with further information at this time.
Ergon Energy has yet to post details on the blackout to social media or its website.
Currently, the areas without power are:
- The Hummock
- East Bundaberg
- Coral Cove
- Avennel Heights
- Bundeberg West
- Bundeberg South
- Bundaberg Central
- Svensson Heights
- Innes Park
- South Bingera
- Dundowran Beach
- Burnett Heads
- Mon Repos
This is a developing story. Updates to follow.