Reports are emerging of a widespread power failure that has impacted the whole of Southern Australia, including Adelaide.
An incident involving infrastructure near Port Augusta at 3.48pm on Wednesday prompted the failure of the entire SA network, Premier Jay Weatherill says.The premier says the state’s energy generation assets remain intact and there does not appear to be any damage to the interconnector with Victoria. The Australian energy market operator has taken control of the system and restoration has begun. But Mr Weatherill says that could take several hours. According to the SA Power Networks website about 200,000 properties were without power. “What we have is essentially a weather event which has damaged some infrastructure,” the premier told ABC radio. “The system protects itself and protects the assets by closing down because of the sudden surge in the system.