Power probe promises thorough inquiry

A COLCHESTER company heading the investigation into the way 24Seven dealt with last week's power cuts have promised to leave no stone unturned in their investigation.

A COLCHESTER company heading the investigation into the way 24Seven dealt with last week's power cuts have promised to leave no stone unturned in their investigation.

The investigation was ordered by energy minister Brian Wilson and British Power International, who are based at Riverside, Colchester, were chosen to undertake it.

A team of 12 experienced power engineers will look at the way all eight power companies in England and Wales dealt with the power cuts last week.

David Hoyle is the man charged with leading the investigation into 24seven.


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He said: "We are going into the investigation with our eyes open to see what worked and what didn't.

"We are currently gaining as much information as we can and will be contacting 24seven."

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The team of 12 who will also be able to draw on 50 other chartered engineers, will pour through met office weather reports in investigating why Suffolk was so badly hit.

During their investigations they will also talk to senior management and field workers at 24seven.

Mr Hoyle said: "24seven have made it clear they will co-operate with us and this afternoon I will be speaking to their senior manager. It is a completely open book investigation."

British Power International was appointed by the Department of Trade and Industry on Friday and said they are honoured to be chosen.

Simon Faiers, project manager, said: "We are proud to be asked. We are all from the power industry and know it well. Most of us have had experience of power cuts before."

British Power International is currently compiling a 100-plus questionnaire to present to 24Seven and plan to complete a report within three weeks.

This will be presented to the Department of Trade and Industry in December although it is not yet known when it will be made public.

Mr Faiers said: "It is good to hear that our recommendations will be acted on and we hope that it will be made open to the public."

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