Cup day power overload tripped Qld system

CupdaypoweroverloadtrippedQldsystem

November2,20167:00pm。

byAAP

TwoBrisbaneRacingClubemployeeshavebeenaxedoverthepoweroutagewhichruinedMelbourneCupfestivitiesforpuntersatEagleFarm。

Theclubscupfunctionhadnopowerfor90minutes,forcingguestswhoremainedtowatchthebigraceontheirphones。

TheBRCisconductinganinternalinvestigationintothefiasco,buttwostaffmembers,includingaclubmanager,havebeendismissed。

Theyhavepaidthepricefortheracemeetingfailingtocontinuebecauseaback-upgeneratorwasnotonline。

Unfortunately,theBRCsback-upgeneratorwasnotinplaceyesterdaytoensuretheracingprogramcouldruntoschedule,theclubsaidinastatement。

Thismeantadelayintheracemeetingonthenationsbusiestannualdayofracing。

EnergexandQueenslandEnergyMinisterMarkBaileyhaveblamedtheclubforthefiasco,sayingithadntinformedEnergexpriortotheirevent。

Whatwesawwasawholerangeoftemporaryloadaddedinthere,fromrefrigerationandairconditioning,soalotgreaterload,whichtrippedthesystem,MrBaileysaid。

AnEnergexspokeswomansaidanextremelylargeamountofpowerwasdrawninarapidtimeframe。

WhiletheBRCisworkingwithEnergextofindtheexactcause,theclubsaidEagleFarmhadalonghistoryofMelbourneCupDayracemeetingswithlargecrowdsandhadneverbeforesufferedsuchapowerfailure。

YesterdayscrowdfigurewassmallerbyseveralthousandthanStradbrokeDayinJune,theclubsaid


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