In a statement released today, the GEA explain that around 12:30 today, a contractor working in the area of Europa Point damaged a High Voltage cable which forms part of the old ex-MOD network.

'Consequently', the statement continues 'the protection at the old ex-MOD Power Station did not isolate the fault in time, and consumers suffered an interruption in their power supply.'

'As a result of the Contractors damage to the Cable at Europa, the North Mole Power Station protection systems isolated the fault, resulting in other customers in other areas of Gibraltar losing their power.'

'The power supply to these customers was restored by 13:15'

'Currently, both GMES Limited and GEA engineers are working on site to restore power to the remaining affected districts which are mainly in the Europa Point area. Works will continue until such time as power is fully restored later today.'

The GEA have said they apologise to all customers affected for the inconvenience caused.