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Jakarta Post

Disruptions abound as blackouts continue

  • Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman and Karina M. Tehusijarana

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, August 6, 2019   /  08:17 am
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A man sits inside his store with a candle and an emergency lamp during a major blackout in Jakarta on Monday. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

While power returned to many areas on Sunday night, intermittent blackouts continued to plague households and offices across Greater Jakarta and West Java on Monday, as state-owned electricity firm PLN scrambled to repair the damage. The massive blackout started at around noon on Sunday and continued until Sunday night, with some areas only getting power back in the early hours of Monday. On Monday morning, however, households in areas ranging from Palmerah, West Jakarta, to Bandung, West Java, were once again affected by intermittent blackouts.  PLN acting president director Sripeni Inten Cahyani said that further, planned, power outages could last until Monday evening, as repairs got underway. “I can’t say exactly how long the planned outages will last. But we’re expecting other major power plants to balance out the base load starting from 2 p.m.,”...