Power Dips Reported Across Trinidad

Between 9:00 PM and 9:30 PM on Tuesday night, 28th April 2020, parts of Trinidad reported incidents of power dips across the island.

According to sources at T&TEC, while there was a problem with a transmission line at 3 PM today, there was no obvious issue causing these dips.

However, as more and more persons reported an outage, the below video appeared to begin circulating on WhatsApp – a major fire at the PowerGen plant at Port of Spain.

Electrical Fire at PowerGen, Port of Spain (28-04-20) Video: Social Media/WhatsApp

In the video, you see fire appliances at the PowerGen station, with the witness reporting no power along the Ariapita Avenue and some areas of Port of Spain.

Note that PowerGen in Port of Spain had been decommissioned by T&TEC on January 14th, 2016. However, it still houses a 12,000-volt supply at its location, with a 132,000-volt substation.

T&TEC has remained mum on the situation as of 11:00 PM. One official, who requested their identity to be withheld, called the situation “serious.”

Locations of reported power dips across Trinidad as of 10:30 PM Tuesday 28th April 2020
Locations of reported power dips across Trinidad as of 10:30 PM Tuesday 28th April 2020

From as north as Diego Martin to as south as Mourga, as west as Westmoorings to as east as Arima, reported power dips between 9:00 PM and 9:30 PM.

The last time an outage of this magnitude occurred across Trinidad and Tobago, it was due to a generator failure in La Brea, causing an island-wide blackout.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information comes to hand.

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