Several Puerto Rico towns lose power over transmission-line failures
SAN JUAN — A failure in transmission line 50900, which runs between Aguirre Central in Salinas and Aguas Buenas, caused the Centrals San Juan and Palo Seco to lose service around midday on Thursday, which affected around 800,000 clients.
The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (Prepa) informed via Twitter that because of this failure, its consumers from the San Juan metropolitan area, Caguas, Bayamón, Carolina and other towns in the central region lost energy service. Subsequently, the interim Executive Director of the utility, Justo González, explained at about 1:00 p.m. today that the corporation’s inspectors were flying over the area of Central Aguirre, in Salinas, to identify what cause the failure.
Prepa has denied that the blackout was related to possible austerity measures due to the economic situation of the public corporation.
According to the assistant operator at Central San Juan, Jorge Bracero—who has been reporting Prepa incidents via Facebook shortly after the onslaught of Hurricane Maria—the failure of line 50900 caused transmission line 50200 between Manatí and Bayamón to shut down as well.
Lines 50900 and 50200 connect Puerto Rico’s southern region with the north. Both lines were repaired by Montana-based company Whitefish Energy.
“The San Juan Central and the Palo Seco Central [powerplants] had a blackout. This represents the metro and central areas. The interconnections with the south are inactive. The 50909 and 40200, both lines that connect us to the south, are out. […] The north is fully in the dark. Now, [the task] is to again power up [for 5-16 hours] the Centrals to begin to re-energize the north,” Bracero explained in his official Facebook account.
“Turning on a unit and the Centrals in ‘hit-and-run’ mode may take one to 16 hours, depending on the unit and the Central,” he added. “This doesn’t mean you will be in the dark for days or weeks.”
Up until Wednesday, the government website status.pr stated that 87.4 percent of Prepa clients had electricity service.
Employees, retirees object to privatization of Puerto Rico power utility
Being Vigilant of the 7 Benchmarks to end 2022
We are just about to end the fourth quarter of...
- Posted November 22, 2022
Inflation Heading Down, What Happens Now?
The Four Benchmarks to review that confirm inflation may be...
- Posted November 14, 2022
The Six Factors to Expect during the end of 4Q22
We are deep within the fourth quarter we thought it...
- Posted November 10, 2022
Puerto Rico Banks Deliver strong earnings, beating most banks
Puerto Rico Banks Transformed their operational model The Puerto Rico...
- Posted November 9, 2022
US Congress Discrimination affecting the Puerto Rico’s Healthcare Ecosystem
The market dynamics that changed the Healthcare Ecosystem as we...
- Posted November 8, 2022
MCS contributes over $5 million to support member healthcare
The insurer distributed the amount among 409 community pharmacies in...
- Posted November 7, 2022
Droguería Betances Launches 60th Anniversary Ad Campaign
Droguería Betances has launched a new advertising campaign, “60 Reasons...
- Posted October 31, 2022
Puerto Rico Food Industry Helps Communities in Aftermath of Hurricane Fiona
Over three-quarters of a million dollars in aid to...
- October 24, 2022
Medplus Solutions celebrates 10 years Saving Lives
Innovation and continuous growth Expansion of specialized and more...
- May 18, 2022
Amazon Web Services Expands Operations in Puerto Rico
Local Office Will Offer Services to other Caribbean Islands...
- April 22, 2022
García Padilla: Rubio Is No Friend of Puerto Rico
Governor Says Rubio's Remarks Confirm he Works for 'Vultures'
- February 26, 2016
Why the plebiscite was a disaster
A column by A. W. Maldonado
- June 16, 2017
[Annotation] The People Have Spoken
By abstaining, you can’t express anything
- June 15, 2017
You must be logged in to post a comment Login