Some 250,000 electricity grid customers in Puerto Rico are left without power

Some 250,000 electricity service customers in Puerto Rico were affected this Thursday by a blackout, after two units of the Costa Sur power plant of the Electric Power Authority (PREPA) in Guayanilla (southwest) went out of service.

The system crash occurred at 03:50 (07:50 GMT), "when the operator of units 5 and 6 of Costa Sur lost control of the 2 units causing both to go out of service"explained PREPA, directed by Josué Colón, on its social networks.

Colón, for his part, explained in a radio interview with WKAQ-580 AM that one of the units had a "abrupt change in the load or energy demand that it served, which caused, for a reason that is under investigation, that the boiler level was lost" and the other unit "lost control of boiler emissions".

"As a result of that event, around 250,000 customers were affected"Columbus specified.

However, at 06.27 (10.27 GMT) "more or less, all customers were restored thanks to the units of Cambalache, Mayagüez, Palo Seco, Daguao and unit 72 of Ecoelectrica"Columbus assured.

According to Colón, the incident "reflects two things: the importance of having reservations"that "we are an isolated system" and that "we continually indicate that it is important to repair the units, that it is important that we have backup units".

"We have notified the Energy Bureau on multiple occasions how important it is for an isolated system like Puerto Rico’s to have blackstart and reserve units that may be available when these situations occur."specific.

Meanwhile, the company Luma Energy, in charge of the transmission and distribution of electrical energy in Puerto Rico, reports on its website that 96% of the subscribers of the network on the island have the service.

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The remaining 4% wait for the service affected by the passage of Hurricane Fiona on September 19 to be restored.

Most of the customers who still do not have electricity are residents of the southwest and west of Puerto Rico.

Given this, Luma Energy assured that by this Thursday that remaining 4% will already have electric service, although yesterday, Wednesday, the assistant secretary of the Government of Puerto Rico for Energy Affairs, Francisco Berríos, affirmed that no later than next Saturday it will be the date for it.

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