Puerto Rico utility tries to prevent greater power outage
SAN JUAN – The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (Prepa) reported Tuesday afternoon a fault with the 230-kilovolt transmission line that runs from the Costa Sur power complex in Guayanilla to Manatí.
Prepa tweeted that the event caused about 133,000 customers to lose electricity service in central Puerto Rico towns, as well as sectors of Bayamón and San Juan.
The utility was reportedly trying to prevent the system from causing a general blackout.
“Scheduled interruption plan is activated to protect the electrical system while technical staff corrects failure in line 50200 of 230 Kv that includes sectors of Bayamón and Guaynabo,” reads Prepa’s tweet reads.
Interim Generation Director Daniel Hernández explained that “two emergency generators were put into operation at the Palo Seco Power Plant and one at the Cambalache Power Plant in Arecibo. With these measures, we hope to continue providing service to our customers.”
Hernández said the failt affected customers in sectors of Trujillo Alto, San Juán, Bayamón, Toa Alta, Corozal, Morovis, Ciales, Guaynabo and Manatí.