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Thursday, August 17, 2000
Power outages should not be a problem

 CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Two recent power outages that hit Sydney's international airport are unlikely to be repeated during the Olympic Games, the government said Thursday.

 Sydney Airport air-traffic controllers suffered peak-hour power failures on July 6 and Aug. 1, the first caused by maintenance and the second by a generator not charging backup batteries.

 The blackouts raised fears that the airport could be plunged into chaos during or immediately after the Sept. 15-Oct. 1 Sydney Games when hundreds of thousands of extra visitors will pass through the terminal.

 Federal Transport Minister John Anderson said independent consultants have made 10 recommendations to Airservices Australia, the government body responsible for Australian air traffic control, to help overcome power failures.

 "Airservices is acting upon those and I believe that we have the situation well and truly in control," Anderson said. "We now have a safe and operable system that isn't going to let us down."

 Consultant Quiggin Cook blamed both power failures on pre-Olympics maintenance which forced workers to disconnect parts of the power supply, meaning backup power was restricted when problems arose.
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