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System collapse responsible for Monday’s power outage

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Antigua Public Utilities Authority has explained the reason behind the Monday morning island wide power outage.

APUA said the outage was the result of a total system collapse that occurred at approximately 10:15 AM.

According to the utilities company, a preliminary assessment revealed a fault on the 69 KV line between Crabbs and Lavington Substations.

The affected section of the network was isolated, however, all online generators tripped offline resulting in an island-wide outage.

Once conditions were safe, power was restored to the entire island by 11:35am on Monday.

APUA stated further investigations are being carried out to determine the cause of fault on the 69 KV line, the subsequent tripping of the generators and future mitigation measures against the recurrence of the fault type.

APUA’s Electricity Business Unit has apologised for the inconvenience caused and thanked its customers and members of the public for their patience and understanding during the outage.

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