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SAN JUAN – A massive power failure at around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday morning affected customers of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (Prepa) throughout the island.
The public utility announced on Twitter that a fault was detected in line 50700, which runs between the Central Aguirre power complex in Salinas and the AES cogeneration facility in Peñuelas, and that restoring electric service could take 24 to 36 hours.
“Unofficial [:] fault originated in Central Costa Sur and affects Aguirre and since more than 900 megawatts dropped the entire system was affected and the system was protected and left out of service,” the president of the utility’s Irrigation & Electrical Workers Union (Utier by its Spanish acronym), Ángel Figueroa Jaramillo, tweeted minutes after the event.
He added that Guayanilla’s Costa Sur, Peñuelas’ EcoEléctrica, Salinas’ Aguirre, Cataño’s Palo Seco, Arecibo’s Cambalache, and the Mayagüez and San Juan powerplants were out of service.
The cause of the massive blackout was being investigated. Last Thursday, a fallen tree in the municipality of Cayey was blamed for an outage that, at one point, affected about 900,000 customers in several towns. Prepa announced that service was restored 11 hours later.
Hurricane Maria destroyed some two-thirds of the island’s power distribution nearly seven months ago.
|International Edition 2330 EDT – April 17, 2018|