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Major blackout hits Greater Jakarta, West Java on Sunday

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, August 4, 2019   /   03:32 pm
Major blackout hits Greater Jakarta, West Java on Sunday   A major blackout affected thousands of homes and public facilities in  Greater Jakarta and West Java on Sunday afternoon.  (Shutterstock/Volker Rauch)

A major blackout affected thousands of homes and public facilities in Greater Jakarta and West Java on Sunday afternoon. 

The electricity went out at 11:50 a.m. and is still happening at the time of writing.

The blackout also affected commuter train services and the MRT.

Passengers had to disembark the commuter train and MRT.

Through a statement, MRT corporate secretary Muhamad Kamaluddin said they had finished getting passengers off four trains on lines between Bendungan Hilir-Istora, Istora-Bendungan Hilir, Lebak Bulus-Fatmawati and Fatmawati-Lebak Bulus.

“Our back up power can only support stations, not the trains,” he said.

“The back up power keeps the air circulating and emergency lamps on in the stations,” he added.

Meanwhile, state-owned electricity firm PLN executive vice president corporate communications I Made Suprateka expressed an apology through a press statement.

PLN has had problems at the interconnection 500 KV 1 power plant that went down in Jakarta.

“The blackout was caused by trips [or errors] on the Suralaya turbine gas from number 1 to 6, while the turbine gas number 7 is off. Cilegon turbine gas-powered power plants in Banten are also experiencing troubles,” Made added.

He went on and explained that, besides Jakarta, the blackout also hit several regions in West Java such as Bandung, Bekasi, Cianjur, Cimahi, Cirebon, Garut, Karawang, Purwakarta, Majalaya, Sumedang, Tasikmalaya, Depok, Gunung Putri, Sukabumi and Bogor.