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Kenya, Uganda plunge into a nationwide blackout

Kenya, Uganda plunge into a nationwide blackout

Kenya is facing a nationwide blackout over what Kenya Power and Lightening Company (KPLC) termed as a hitch at a national grid.

It occurred on Saturday morning, at around 5:49 when the whole nation woke up to a total blackout.

“We have lost power supply in the national grid due to a system disturbance which occurred on our transmission network at 5:49 am.” That was according to KPLC statement.

Similar incident happened in the neighbouring country, Uganda which also woke up to a blackout.

In a statement, Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited (UETCL) said “We have lost transmission across the nation which has caused a nationwide blackout, please bear with us as we investigate the cause and work on restoration.”

KPLC said the engineers are on the ground trying to solve the matter even though they have not said what caused the unlikely incident.

In June 2016, Kenya faced the similar incident when a monkey fell on  a crucial piece of equipment.

The transformer then tripped, resulting in the loss of 180 megawatts of power and triggering a blackout across Kenya.

Power was restored almost four hours later and the monkey survived its adventure.

On May 28, 2013 Kenya also plunged into a countrywide power outage after two transmission lines between the Olkaria geothermal load centre and Ndenderu sub-station near Nairobi tripped while carrying 400MW of electricity

Recent reports have indicated that Kenyan households and factories are plunged into darkness for an average of 25 days every year due to blackouts.

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