T&TEC traces cause of last night's outage; apologises to customers

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 - 20:00

The Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission, T&TEC says it has traced the source of last night's power outage across parts of northern Trinidad, as a problem at its Flament Street Substation. 

The Commission is apologising to customers in a media statement issued this afternoon.

The following is T&TEC's media release.

"T&TEC has identified the source of the last night’s outage in North West Trinidad as a breaker at PowerGen’s Flament St Substation which failed. An apparent cable fault was traced to the breaker during the restoration process.

As a result of the breaker failure, customers from Morvant to Cocorite, including Maraval and Santa Cruz, lost supply at approximately 6.45 p.m. last evening. 

Using alternative feeders, T&TEC was able to restore supply to most customers by 9.30 p.m., with the others being completed by 1 a.m.

The Commission is conducting further investigation into last night’s incident, with the goal of preventing a re-occurrence.

The failure occurred as both companies are in the delicate final phase of switching over from the aging PowerGen plant by year’s end. 

At that time the electricity supply to Port of Spain and environs will come via two new 132kV underground cables that will bring power from the 720MW TGU plant in la Brea and Trinity power and PowerGen in Pt Lisas.

T&TEC extends its apologies to customers for any inconvenience caused as a result of last night’s outage."