[Updated] There are unofficial reports of a power outage today [Aug 12] with reports indicating that homes scattered across various parishes island-wide have been affected. We are awaiting clarification from BELCO on the matter, and will update as able.
Update 2.22pm: A BELCO spokesperson said: “At 2:00 pm, Sunday, 12 August, approximately 4,000 customers across the Island remain without electricity, after two load sheds were triggered at BELCO’s Central Plant. Every effort is being made to restore electricity to these customers as quickly as possible.
“Load was first shed this morning at approximately 9:30 am when one engine shut down. Power was restored to all of the 3,000 affected customers by approximately 11:00 am.
“Subsequently, another major engine tripped just after noon, leaving about 8,000 customers without power. About half had of these customers had power restored by approximately 1:30 pm.
“Today’s engine failures were due to unrelated mechanical problems. In addition, today urgent repairs were being carried out on other engines, which meant that generating capacity was lower than normal. In addition, load on BELCO’s system has been high for a Sunday, with demand at about 105 megawatts.
“BELCO is asking the community to conserve energy over the next 24 hours, as work continues to restore generating capacity in the Central Plant.
“BELCO thanks customers for taking steps to conserve, and apologizes to those customers who have been without power today.”
Update 3.09pm: “Power has been restored to the remaining 4,000 customers,” a spokesperson said. “Again, BELCO is asking for conservation for the next 24 hours, and we thank customers for their patience.”
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