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Jakarta Post

PLN issues apology after blackout hits parts of Jakarta, again

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, August 28, 2019   /   05:35 pm
PLN issues apology after blackout hits parts of Jakarta, again A man sits in his shop with a candle and emergency lamp during a blackout in Jakarta. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

A problem at state-owned electricity firm PLN's Muara Karang power plant in Jakarta led to a blackout in various parts of the capital and its neighboring city of South Tangerang in Banten at 2:11 p.m. local time on Wednesday.

"There was a disruption at the 150 KV transmission conductor between Duri Kosambi and Kembangan at 2:11 p.m., and as a result, electricity supply from Muara Karang power plant was cut, causing a blackout in some parts of Central, South and West Jakarta, as well as some parts of Bintaro and South Tangerang," general manager at PLN's Greater Jakarta distribution, M. Ikhsan Asaad, said as quoted by Antara news agency.

The firm's vice president of public relations, Dwi Suryo Abdullah, issued an apology through a press statement.

He said PLN was currently working on fixing the problem. As of 2:41 pm, he said, the firm had been able to turn on 10 out of 11 substations that had previously gone down.

"The electricity supply in some areas has gradually recovered, such as in Budi Kemuliaan, Kebun Sirih, Karet Baru, Kebun Jeruk, Duri Kosambi, Daan Mogot, Pantai Indah Kapuk and Ketapang," he said.

PLN has been under fire recently after a massive blackout across Greater Jakarta and West Java lasted for hours on Aug. 4, causing disruption to traffic, train and MRT services, as well as communications, businesses and people’s day-to-day activities. The power outage continued in several areas on the following day. (ars)

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