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Fri Jun 11, 2021, 12:32 AM

Puerto Rico blackout after fire at power station

Also: New company, same woes: Puerto Rico suffers power outages (Associated Press)

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Source: BBC

Puerto Rico blackout after fire at power station

11 June 2021

A power plant fire in the US territory of Puerto Rico has left thousands of households without electricity.

Pictures on social media show plumes of smoke rising from the flames at a sub-station in the capital, San Juan.

The fire broke out shortly after the firm reported a cyber-attack, which has not yet been linked to fire.

The Caribbean island has struggled with rolling blackouts ever since Hurricane Maria largely destroyed its electrical grid in 2017.

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Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-57437347


Smoke was seen rising from the station near San Juan (EPA)

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Source: Associated Press

New company, same woes: Puerto Rico suffers power outages

By DÁNICA COTO
June 10, 2021

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A private company that took over power transmission and distribution in Puerto Rico this month has struggled with widespread outages and growing anger as it scrambled Thursday to control a large fire at a main substation that left hundreds of thousands of clients in the dark.

Officials say outages had affected more than 1 million customers so far this month, not counting those affected by the explosion and fire at the substation in the capital of San Juan. Several mayors had declared a state of emergency as they distributed ice and generators to those most in need before Thursday’s fire, whose cause was under investigation as officials warned it would take all night to restore power after a transformer blew.

Around 700,000 clients were without power at the height of the outage, and at least 400,000 remained without electricity late Thursday.

Many in Puerto Rico had hoped for a quick improvement in service, but clients complain it has gotten even worse in Luma’s first few days of operations – with problems complicated by heavy rains this week followed by the explosion.

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Read more: https://apnews.com/article/latin-america-san-juan-puerto-rico-power-outages-business-ef221db81d13ab8206029221d3a551b8

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