October 4, 2019 / 12:24 PM / 17 days ago

More work needed to understand UK's August power failure - committee

LONDON, Oct 4 (Reuters) - Britain’s energy emergencies executive committee said on Friday more work was needed to understand why certain power assets failed during a blackout caused by a lightning strike in August.

The power outage cut off 1.1 million electricity customers on Aug. 9.

National Grid said last month that the lightning strike resulted in Orsted’s Hornsea offshore wind farm and RWE Generation’s Little Barford gas-fired power station going offline.

The committee said in a report commissioned by the government that investigations were continuing.

“Further work is required to understand the exact failure mechanisms and whether these can be mitigated,” it added. (Reporting by Nina Chestney; Editing by Edmund Blair)

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