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Transmission line equipment failure caused early morning power outages in Thompson

1,800 customers in various part of Thompson lost power as early as 6 a.m. Jan. 6 with outages resolved by around 9 a.m., according to Manitoba Hydro.
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An equipment failure on a transmission line from the Kelsey Generating Station knocked out power to about 1,800 Manitoba Hydro customers in Thompson early on the morning of Jan. 6.

Early morning power outages that affected much of Thompson Jan. 6 were the result of equipment failure on a transmission line from the Kelsey Generating Station disrupting power to a substation in Thompson, Manitoba Hydro says.

The Kelsey Generating Station is abut 90 kilometres northeast of Thompson on the Nelson River.

The outages began around 6 a.m. and affected about 1,800 customers in areas including Eastwood, Westwood, Riverside and Juniper. Manitoba Hydro field staff rerouted power from a different substation to get customers back online as quickly as possible given the bitterly cold temperatures that hovered around -30 degrees Celsius. Power was restored by 8:40 a.m, Hydro says.

The precise cause of the outage is still being investigated but a spokesperson said it was likely a result of cold weather