The major power outage affecting sections of the territory is as a result of an engine malfunction at the territory’s main power plant on Tortola.
This is according to Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works & Utilities, Jeremy Hodge, who said the mechanical issues began approximately 9:35 am.
“Engine number-11 broke a control airline which caused the unit to trip,” Hodge said. “The control air in the system was rapidly depleted as a result; causing engines 11 and 12 to trip as well.”
“Engine-eight was running at the time but could not carry the load so this unit tripped on overload. As a result of these events, the territory suffered a total blackout,” Hodge further explained
The permanent secretary said work to rectify the issue is ongoing, adding that power will return to the affected areas ‘section by section’.
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