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GEBE ST MAARTEN BLACKOUT CAUSED BY OVERHEATING AND SMALL FIRE

GEBE gave an explanation of Friday’s widespread blackout that lasted approximately two hours for most consumers. The company said it had started with a transformer cable overheating.

“On May 15, 2015, at 11:32am, NV GEBE technicians detected smoke in the high tension room. This was caused by the overheating of a cable from a transformer,” a company press release read.

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“Attempting to switch power to a second transformer failed, causing a total blackout. Technicians managed to connect power to the alternate transformer and by 1:05pm more than 30 per cent was switched on. By 1:30pm all cables with the exception of Oyster Pond and Belvedere were back in service. At 1:45pm all cables were in full operation and working to full capacity.”

GEBE ST MAARTEN BLACKOUT CAUSED BY OVERHEATING AND SMALL FIRE

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