Published: Tue, August 13, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

United Kingdom power cut: National Grid rules out cyber-attack

United Kingdom power cut: National Grid rules out cyber-attack

Energy watchdog Ofgem has demanded an urgent report from National Grid after a major power cut caused travel chaos and cut electricity for nearly one million people in England and Wales.

She said the problem was with the National Grid's transmission network, which distributes high voltage energy from power stations across the UK. The media gave this information.

Blackouts were reported across the Midlands, the south east, south west, north west and north east of England, and Wales.

But now it has been fixed.

Industry experts believe the blackout was prompted by a gas-fired power station in Bedfordshire, north of London, and then an offshore wind farm in Yorkshire, northern England, both disconnecting from the grid.

Rail services across the country were canceled or delayed during the Friday evening rush hour, and commuter trains powered by overhead wires ground to a halt mid-journey.

Frustrated passengers stranded at King's Cross railway station in central London after the outage described the lack of help as "astonishing".

He said alarms were also set off by the temporary outage and traffic lights stopped working entirely.

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Andrea Leadsom, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, said Friday's power outage had caused "enormous disruption". Power was quickly restored in numerous affected areas.

"We are in the process of restoring customers now and will provide further updates as soon as possible for specific areas".

Operations director Duncan Burt said there had been a "near simultaneous loss of two large generators".

Train services to and from London were particularly badly hit, with many being told to avoid travelling until Saturday.

Service on the London Underground's Victoria Line was suspended, and trains in and out of London have been hit with delays and cancelations.

The power outage has caused widespread traffic disruption on the roads and railways.

"Am on a stationary train in the middle of nowhere".

The total number of affected customers was not immediately known, but an initial count showed at least 936,000 affected customers across England, including 500,000 customers in Western Power Distribution's area and 300,000 customers in the UK Power Networks, which includes London.

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