The Saint Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) has blamed Wednesday morning’s Islandwide power outage on a major fault at the Cul de Sac power station.
LUCELEC’s Managing Director, Trevor Louisy, disclosed that the Islandwide shutdown occurred at approximately 9.04 am.
He explained that the major internal fault at Cul de Sac tripped three of the utility’s large generators, causing the remaining generators to fail since they could not satisfy the demand that existed at the time.
Louisy said this resulted in the total system shutdown.
He told St Lucia Times that after the fault zone was isolated, checks and inspections commenced and the process of restoring the system began.
According to the LUCELEC Managing Director, power restoration started around 10.28 am and was being accomplished gradually across the network.
He stated that until the fault was identified and rectified it was not possible to output the full capacity of the generating plant at Cul de Sac.
“LUCELEC expects to be able to meet about 60 percent of the peak demand until the problem is resolved,” Louisy noted.
He observed that some parts of the national network are likely to remain without power until the fault is rectified.
Louisy was confident that the problem would be corrected within a few hours.
He apologized to customers for the unscheduled power cut and the convenience caused.