Saturday 22 February, 2020

T&TEC: Restoration exercise caused nationwide power dips

A restoration exercise following an electrical fault on Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission's (T&TEC) 132 V transmission lines from two substations caused power dips across the nation on Wednesday night. 

Sometime after 9 pm, citizens across the country, including in Port of Spain, San Fernando, Chaguanas, Tunapuna, St. Augustine, Marabella, Moruga, Barrackpore, Arima, Arouca and Claxton Bay reported power surges in their areas. 

It occurred at least two times on Wednesday night.

According to a statement from T&TEC, at approximately 8:30 pm on Wednesday night an electrical fault occurred on T&TEC's 132 KV transmission lines from Brechin Castle/Desalcott substation and AUM/Desalcott substation.

T&TEC says the affected lines are part of the grid that feeds high voltage current to the entire country. They said while domestic customers did not suffer any outages from this problem, they would have experienced a momentary dip or surge in electricity during the restoration exercise, around 9:25 pm. 

The Commission says the supply to Desalcott, which was affected by the initial fault, was fully restored just after 11 p.m. and information coming to T&TEC is that they were operating at full capacity within the hour.

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This story will be updated as more information becomes available. 

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