Blackout: the protection system blacklisted

10 years, 8 months ago - December 20, 2011
It was last Tuesday. Shortly before noon, a large majority of the island was left without electricity for more than three hours.

The fault lightning struck on the network between the Central Electricity Board Station St. Louis and the sub-station of La-Chaumiere. The CEB has set up a committee, chaired by Gerard Hebrard, to investigate. Meanwhile, people start to speak and talk about "loopholes". "There would be no black-out on the network if the security system had worked.

Moreover, it is not the first time that there are flaws in the system of protection, "said one part of the CEB. The circuit of 66 KV concerned is in principle immune against such problems. In addition, he said, a shortage of engineers is a problem. Under this framework, in the absence of the System Control Engineer (suspended from duty) is his assistant who handled the transaction. "This problem of lack of qualified engineers was even more visible during the blackout," said he. 

He said the station had been put Champagne in operation at first, but it was a failure, the network can not support the power. The operation had to be done manually. This took time, says our interlocutor. We tried to get a reaction from the Director of CEB, to no avail. 

 

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