KALAIN HOSEIN

Multiple areas across Trinidad lost power on Monday afternoon, with the blackouts lasting more than an hour in some instances.

According to a senior employee at Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC), the power loss was due to an under-frequency generator at Trinidad Generation Unlimited (TGU), one of T&T’s power plants.

“Because of the generator’s issue, multiple areas across Trinidad would have lost power until the generator synchronized,” the T&TEC official explained.  “When the machinery normalizes, T&TEC will begin to restore supply as the Commission sees fit.”

Power outages have been reported in the following areas, as of 3:15 pm on Monday (29th March):

Port of Spain, Cunaripo Village, Couva, Cunupia, El Dorado, Arouca, Siparia, Fyzabad, Tunapuna, Avocat, Chaguanas, Munroe Road, O’Mera, La Romain, San Juan, Arima, and St. Augustine.

These outages were outside of the planned maintenance areas for Monday 29th March 2021, which included parts of Valsayn and Marabella.

Monday’s power outages come on the heels of widespread TV, internet, and phone line outages from FLOW since 6:00 am on Monday.  Flow issued the following statement:

“Flow wishes to advise that we are aware of a current interruption in internet service for some of its customers.  Our teams have already been mobilized and are currently working to restore full connectivity in the shortest possible time. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused and thank you for your patience and understanding.”