Wide areas of downtown Oslo, the western districts of the capital and the neighbouring suburb of Bærum were hit by power failures around midday on Wednesday. The Parliament and Oslo’s metro system were among those blacked out.
The utility company Hafslund, which also had problems with its website, confirmed that more than 50,000 customers in west Oslo and 17,000 in Bærum were without power. Telephone service also disappeared in some areas for a brief period.
Hasfslund officials couldn’t explain the power outage but managed to steadily restore power both before and after 1pm. Around 7,400 customers remained without power at around 1:30pm.
The metro system known as T-bane was without power on its westbound lines 2 and 5. “Right now we have full concentration on getting power restored as soon as possible,” Hafslund spokesman Morten Schou told state broadcaster NRK. “Then we’ll see what the reason was.” He said one of Hafslund’s four transformer stations at Smestad that supply Oslo with power had “gone out,” but the cause remained unclear.