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Power restored on Thai resort islands after three-day blackout
Phuket Gazette / The Nation
PHUKET: Power was finally restored to the Thai resort islands of Koh Samui and Koh Phangan early this morning after a three-day blackout prompted thousands of peak-season tourists to leave.

The electricity outage, caused by a rupture in a submarine cable connecting the islands to the southern Thai province of Surat Thani, disrupted businesses throughout the islands.

Most of the islands' small hotels and bungalows closed, while some big hotels managed to stay open using private generators and candles.The island's airport, however, remained open, allowing tourists to leave.

Surat Thani Governor Chatpong Chatphut had yesterday declared the islands a disaster zone. Businesses have sustained losses estimated at 10 billion baht (US$322 million), Samui Tourism Association Chairman Thanasak Somwong said.

Sixteen large mobile generators had been moved to Samui as an emergency measure, Thanasak added while expressing concerns about meeting the island's long-term power needs.

Tourist arrivals on Samui and Phangan have been increasing about 20 per cent per year and last year hit a record of more than 800,000 visitors, officials said.

– Phuket Gazette Editors

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Does anyone know where the rupture was? Was it on land or under the sea?
It normally takes special lifting equipment, to lift cables, from the ocean floor.
To have repaired it so quickly, I am suspecting the rupture was on land. If so, who did it? And who should be compensating those who have lost income,food, goods, ruined vacations etc?

Posted by Laurie Howells December 7, 2012 05:09:13PM

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Does anyone know where the rupture was? Was it on land or under the sea?
It normally takes special lifting equipment, to lift cables, from the ocean floor.
To have repaired it so quickly, I am suspecting the rupture was on land. If so, who did it? And who should be compensating those who have lost income,food, goods, ruined vacations etc?

Posted by Laurie Howells

It does clearly state "caused by a rupture in a submarine cable connecting the islands."

As for compensation, it'll never happen.

Posted by Alien December 8, 2012 12:52:43PM

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Does anyone know where the rupture was? Was it on land or under the sea?
It normally takes special lifting equipment, to lift cables, from the ocean floor.
To have repaired it so quickly, I am suspecting the rupture was on land. If so, who did it? And who should be compensating those who have lost income,food, goods, ruined vacations etc?

Posted by Laurie Howells

It does clearly state "caused by a rupture in a submarine cable connecting the islands."

As for compensation, it'll never happen.

Posted by Alien

Alien, my background is electrical/electronics, and I will gladly inform you, that a submarine cable, still comes ashore, to be connected to the grid. As you can see, by the photo, it is NOT under the water.

I suspect Thailand does not have the specialized lifting equipment, to make these repairs, unless the rupture is on land, which is more than likely seeing as the rupture occurred after a "planned" outage.

Posted by Laurie Howells December 8, 2012 03:47:58PM

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Does anyone know where the rupture was? Was it on land or under the sea?
It normally takes special lifting equipment, to lift cables, from the ocean floor.
To have repaired it so quickly, I am suspecting the rupture was on land. If so, who did it? And who should be compensating those who have lost income,food, goods, ruined vacations etc?

Posted by Laurie Howells

It does clearly state "caused by a rupture in a submarine cable connecting the islands."

As for compensation, it'll never happen.

Posted by Alien

Alien, my background is electrical/electronics, and I will gladly inform you, that a submarine cable, still comes ashore, to be connected to the grid. As you can see, by the photo, it is NOT under the water.

I suspect Thailand does not have the specialized lifting equipment, to make these repairs, unless the rupture is on land, which is more than likely seeing as the rupture occurred after a "planned" outage.

Posted by Laurie Howells December 8, 2012 03:47:58PM

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Does anyone know where the rupture was? Was it on land or under the sea?
It normally takes special lifting equipment, to lift cables, from the ocean floor.
To have repaired it so quickly, I am suspecting the rupture was on land. If so, who did it? And who should be compensating those who have lost income,food, goods, ruined vacations etc?

Posted by Laurie Howells

It does clearly state "caused by a rupture in a submarine cable connecting the islands."

As for compensation, it'll never happen.

Posted by Alien December 8, 2012 12:52:43PM

Reply

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Does anyone know where the rupture was? Was it on land or under the sea?
It normally takes special lifting equipment, to lift cables, from the ocean floor.
To have repaired it so quickly, I am suspecting the rupture was on land. If so, who did it? And who should be compensating those who have lost income,food, goods, ruined vacations etc?

Posted by Laurie Howells December 7, 2012 05:09:13PM

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