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Fault at Bujagali Caused Nationwide Blackout on Wednesday - UEGCL :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Fault at Bujagali Caused Nationwide Blackout on Wednesday - UEGCL

He says whenever there is a blackout they receive instant messages. The Wednesday blackout, Mutikanga says, happened when he was in a meeting at Electricity Regulatory Authority ERA and the instant message he received was that it had been caused by an external factor. He says the external factor turned out to be a substation fault at Bujagali dam.

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The Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited (UEGCL) Chief Executive Officer, Eng Harrison Mutikanga, has said the power blackout on Wednesday evening was caused by a “substation fault” at Bujagali Hydro Power dam.

Mutikanga says when there is a blackout at a generation site, the whole system goes off. He says the system had to be restated using Nalubale power dam.

He says whenever there is a blackout they receive instant messages. The Wednesday blackout, Mutikanga says, happened when he was in a meeting at Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA) and the instant message he received was that it had been caused by an external factor. He says the external factor turned out to be a substation fault at Bujagali dam.

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Mutikanga explained the blackout cause on Thursday evening during an interaction with journalists at the African Centre for Media Excellence (ACME) in Bbunga, Kampala.

When the country was plunged in darkness, power distributor Umeme Limited said on social media that the electricity supplier Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited was investigating it's cause.

Umeme also assured Ugandans that power was being restored in a phased manner starting with parts of Kampala.

“We have teams on standby to resolve any residual outages once the main lines have been restored…We are investigating the outage affecting many areas. Help is coming,” Umeme tweeted.

Mutikanga says power in most parts of Kampala was restored in about five minutes and other areas followed.

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