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Friday, January 14, 2005
TENAGA Blackouts


The TENAGA website may say "We Light Up Your Life" all the time, maybe it should also say occasionally "We Blackout and Mess Up Your Life at Times'.
Apart from yesterday's outage, there has been at least 4 other major blackouts in recent memory. They are as listed below ::

1st Sept 2003 :: Power failure also hit five northern states, Perak, Penang, Perlis, Kedah and Kelantan, resulting in between RM20 million and RM30 million in losses. The disruption was caused by the tripping of the power line between Bukit Beruntung in Rawang and Batu Gajah in Perak during maintenance work.

3rd Aug 1996 :: Blackout involving the entire Peninsular Malaysia crippling for hours. This was caused by grid failure. The 14-hour blackout caused billions in losses. This blackout was dubbed the "Black Friday" because it happened on Friday, it caused "massive chaos" in city centres as it occurred at 5.17pm when most people, especially office workers, were on their way home. The power supply was restored at about 12.30am the next day. It looks like the "blackout hantu" knows when to strike and when it can hit and hurt most. The latest also occurred at rush-hour ie the lunch-break and caused massive chaos.
The disruption was caused by the breakdown of the switch gear outside the Sultan Ismail power station in Paka, Terengganu.

29th Sept 1992 :: 9 out of 13 states were without power for up to two days as TNB. This was the biggie. It was said to have been caused by lightning which damaged the grid in eastern Malaysia, crippling power stations in the peninsula. This blackout affected 18 million people and caused losses to businesses amounting to RM220 million.
Some say the outage was because TNB was unable to meet a surge in demand. Since then, a number of independent power producers were enlisted to help supplement demand for electricity.

29th June 1985 :: Blackout in 11 states for many hours due to a trip on two transmission lines between Paka (Terengganu) and Kampung Awah (Pahang). This tripped all the power stations connected to the national grid. This blackout also hit at lunch time causing the resultant chaos.

Yesterday's blackout was due to a failure of a switchgear in the Kapar power station This caused four states and Putrajaya and parts of Kuala Lumpur to come to a standstill and a five-hour power blackout in the southern region of the peninsula. STAR has a photo gallery of the chaos caused. The question of compensation from TNB must be on the minds of those consumers affected by this blackout. TNB is supposed to meet soon after further investigations on the cause(s) by an independent body to decide this. Apparently TNB's foreign consultant had said that TNB has a "robust" system only last year. With this outage, TNB certainly has many questions to ask that foreign consultant.
The PM is reported as saying, "I hope TNB will make sure there will no more blackouts." Will his hope come true? Probably not in my lifetime. Anyway he has TNB to thank for for his candlelit lunch at the opening of the National Biodiversity Council meeting.
As with each power blackout in the past, TNB will be appointing a consultant to sort out the mess and recommend remedial actions, this time around the company named is Advanced Power Solution (APS). It is expected to come up with a preliminary report in a week's time. But as for wishing and hoping that there will be no more blackouts, that would be wishful thinking. So just keep your emergency lights and fans fully charged, your spare batteries for the PDAs, HPs and laptops fully charged and those left over candles handy.






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