Reasons for Blackout Last Sunday

A release from the St. Kitts Electricity Company, SKELEC, on Tuesday, 11th September, 2012, explained that on September 9th at 1:50pm, there was a trip at the Needs Must power station and this led to an island-wide blackout. 

A spokesman indicated that while restoring electricity supply to the island grid there was a fault on the Sandy Point feeder at 2;11pm and this led to another black-out to the areas that were already restored.

But before all was well, the power company was yet again faced with more problems, this time at about 3:23pm, when a blown transformer on the Canada Feeder led to another black-out to areas that were recently restored.

SKELEC said these three factors led to power being completely restored to all areas just after 4:00pm Sunday. The company indicated however that the blown transformer was isolated and is being inspected for repairs or replacement by their technicians.

Emergency crews also inspected lines and changed fuses that were blown during these incidents. 

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