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Encyclopedia > 1998 Auckland power crisis

The 1998 Auckland power crisis was an event that occurred in the Auckland, New Zealand Central Business District. The area suffered a five-week long power outage in 1998. The Auckland Metropolitan Area, or Greater Auckland, in the North Island of New Zealand, is the largest urban area in New Zealand. ... A power outage is the loss of the electricity supply to an area. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ...


At the beginning of 1998, almost all of downtown Auckland received electricity from the supplier Mercury Energy via only four power cables, two of them 40-year old oil-filled cables past their replacement date. One of the cables failed on 20 January, possibly due to the unusually hot and dry conditions, another on 9 February, and due to the increased load from the failure of the first cables, the remaining two failed on 19 and 20 February, leaving the central business district (except parts of a few streets) without power. Mercury Energy is a residential and business electricity retailer in New Zealand, primarily its North Island. ... Power cable (a type of electrical cable) is an assembly of two or more electrical conductors held together with, and typically covered with, an overall sheath. ... January 20 is the 20th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... February 9 is the 40th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... (Redirected from 19 February) February 19 is the 50th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... February 20 is the 51st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ...


Queen Street was almost deserted for the first few days, as few businesses could operate. Some brought goods out onto the street to sell, but heavy rain in the first week made that impractical. Generators were brought in from around the country to power essential services and some businesses. These made Queen Street a very noisy place and thus deterred customers. Businesses estimated that the outage cost them at least NZD 60,000 per week. Queen Street in downtown Auckland Queen Street, Auckland, New Zealand, is the major commercial thoroughfare of the countrys main population centre. ...


The event became an international media spectacle. The story often was exaggerated (or embellished) when it was reported overseas, giving the impression most of the city or even the entire island was without electricity.


It took five weeks before an emergency overhead cable was completed to restore the power supply to the Central Business District. For much of that time, about 60,000 of the 74,000 people who worked in the area in 1998 worked from home, or from relocated offices in the suburbs. Some businesses relocated staff to other New Zealand cities, or even to Australia. Most of the 6,000 apartment dwellers in the area had to find alternative accommodation.


External links

  • Detailed write up by Peter Gutmann
  • CNN article about the outage
  • Final report of the Ministerial Inquiry into the Auckland Power Supply Failure

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