Lightning strikes likely cause of power cut

Jersey lost all electricity supplies through its remaining undersea power cable to France at approximately 9.15am this morning. Jersey Electricity immediately invoked its emergency restoration procedures and within 20 minutes the first parts of St Helier, including the crucial business area of the Esplanade, began to receive power, with the rest of town back on supply by 10.30am.

Jersey Electricity CEO Chris Ambler said: 'We apologise to customers. We think the cause of the problem, which has also cut supplies to Guernsey, was caused by lightning strikes in Normandy but we are still investigating the matter with our French partners RTE.

'We immediately invoked our normal emergency restoration procedures from La Collette Power Station and our plant at Queen's Road.

'La Collette underwent a major upgrade of generation plant last year and is capable meeting the demand of the entire Island. We have plenty of fuel stocks should the problem with the cable turn out to be prolonged. But restoration has to be done in stages. We restored parts of St Helier within 20 minutes and the rest of town in little over an hour. The rest of the Island will be restored as soon as possible. I again apologise to customers for the inconvenience and thank them for their patience.'