Major power cut hit western Norway

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More than 100,000 residents of western Norway were without electricity for several hours on Thursday evening, because of an error in a transformer station at Ørskog. The power cut hit customers of power companies Tussa and Tafjord Kraft.

They serve customers throughout the area known as Sunnmøre, including Ålesund, Volda, Østra, Ulstein, Herøy and many other communities. Areas of Sogn og Fjordane also lost power as far south as Førde.

A spokesperson for Statnett blamed the power cut on an error in a component at the so-called “trafostasjon” and that repairs got underway quickly. She also said the power network in Sogn og Fjordane was, in general, “old and poor.”

Most customers had their power back by 9pm, after losing it just after 6pm. staff