Local blackouts follow island-wide power outage

Intermittent power outages over the weekend followed an island-wide blackout overnight on Thursday. 

Residents in West Bay and George Town reported losing power on several occasions on Friday and Saturday. 

The entire island was without power for around six hours on Thursday night, from just before 11 p.m. 

The Caribbean Utilities Company reported that power was fully restored around 5:15 a.m. Friday. 

Spokeswoman Pat Bynoe-Clarke said the cause was “a fault in the transmission and distribution system.” The company did not respond over the weekend to questions about the later power outages. 

In overnight updates on Twitter and in emails to the press on Thursday and Friday, CUC said it restored power first in George Town by about 2:30 a.m. and, over the following three hours, across the rest of the island. 

The last island-wide outage was in July when a generator problem knocked out the electricity service and it took about 12 hours to restore power for the entire island. 

CUC headquarters in Sparkys Drive.

CUC headquarters in Sparkys Drive.

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  1. The "official" response as to the issues with the poor electrical distribution system for the country is simply unacceptable.

    If one were to go to your mechanic and say my car is not working, and the response was "there is a fault in the engine" and the bill is $3,500, that would be unacceptable.

    Why is a similar response from a public monopoly any more acceptable. We should get real answers, and moreover, an explanation on how CUC will prevent this in the future.

    As the Compass said in a recent editorial, top Companies and top employers must have assurance of top infrastructure. Is it time government increase incentives for self powered homes and business?

  2. While I thank spokeswoman Pat Bynoe-Clarke for her update on this issue I think we will need something more detailed than a general statement that there was "a fault in the transmission and distribution system".