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UETCL Explains Nationwide Blackout

A statement from Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited-UETCL shows that the power blackout occurred when ESKOM unsuccessfully tried to normalize power supply after maintenance works.
28 Jul 2016 14:27
A copy of the UETCL system issued through their twitter handle
The nationwide power outage on Wednesday evening was caused by a technical failure by Kiira, Nalubale and Bujagali hydropower dams. The blackout occurred between 7:10pm and 8:09 in most parts of the country. 

A statement from Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited-UETCL shows that the power blackout occurred when ESKOM unsuccessfully tried to normalize power supply after maintenance works.

 

“The failed attempt resulted into a power trip and all the generator units at Kiira and Nalubaale power dams tripped,” reads the statement. It also shows that three of the five generators at Bujagali hydropower tripped leaving only two generators on the national grid.

 

“During this period, Kenya experienced system instability and decoupled at Musaga and Lessos leaving the Western part of Kenya to our Uganda power system.” Adding that, “This resulted into the remaining two generating units at Bujagali power dam to trip thus resulting into a total system blackout.”

 

 

In a Facebook post this morning, Stephen Ilungole, the UMEME Media Manager, says “Restoration of electricity supply commenced at 20:09 hours with Bujagali hydro power dam and a full restoration was effected by 22:02 hours.”

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