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Jun 22, 2012

What caused the countrywide blackout?

The electricity company held its annual general meeting on Wednesday. Belize Electricity Limited is reporting two million in earnings but on Thursday night the entire country was plunged into blackout. In fact there were two outages; one affected the northern districts and the second put the entire country in darkness for hours. According to a release from B.E.L., the first occurred at around seven p.m. and was caused by a critical fault on the Mexican electricity grid. Power went off in the Corozal and Orange Walk Districts as well as San Pedro Town.  B.E.L. says that the BELCOGEN plant was offline for maintenance at the time, but hydroelectric and gas turbine facilities were used to restore power in the north by eight o’clock. Less than two hours later, lightning struck the sixty-nine KV transmission line between Dangriga and La Democracia, causing a system interruption on the national grid. So it was lights out from north to south of the country. The utility company attempted to restore power using the gas turbine facility, but encountered electrical problems. As a result, the much slower hydroelectric facilities had to be used and the electricity was back on in the Belize District andBelmopanat about eleven p.m.  But that didn’t last very long and the power supply was lost yet again while B.E.L. workers attempted to power the remainder of the country.  The issues with the gas turbine as well as the fault on the CFE grid were eventually resolved and power was restored countrywide by two o’clock this morning.

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3 Responses for “What caused the countrywide blackout?”

  1. Rod says:

    Mo mo mo incompetence it’s rampant in this gov.

  2. Sam says:

    nowhere else u would ever find an ENTIRE country having power outages. this is what happens when u depend on others – as for electricity, the most basic necessity, we buy from Mex.. If this was to happen elsewhere, the gov. or the elec. company would have held responsibility for all damages to households, industrial companies, factories, etc…. da noh like if dehn wa pay yoh bak fi yoh tv weh blow out.

  3. Vuk says:

    Exactly my line of thinking, Sam.

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