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BEL identifies causes of Thursday night’s power outages

By Marion Ali, Staff Reporter

The Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) says that the fault of Thursday night’s two power outages that caused coutrywide blsckouts was damage to a major structure on the transmission system in a remote area near Buena Vista, Corozal District.

BEL says that the damage on this major system, which links the country’s transmission to Comercial Federal Electricidad (CFE) caused a total system collapse and that local standby generating facilities were played a major role in restoring power supply to the country.

BEL say that it relied on power supply the gas turbine at West Lake and Blair Athol Power Company Limited (BAPCOL).

The second outage, according to BEL, which affected the Belize, Cayo, Stann Creek and Toledo Districts, was the result of a generation supply failure, which it managed to correct within a shorter period of time. The company was able to restore power supply to the entire country by 2:29 a.m. Friday.

BEL thanks its customers for their patience during the outages.

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