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Island Wide Outage

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                     2ndFebruary 2013

For more information:

Ivan Rodrigues, General Manager (Ag)

Island Wide Power Outage – 1st February 2013

The Antigua Public Utilities Authority would like to provide an update as to the circumstances surrounding the island-wide outage experienced on the evening of Friday 1st February 2013 and its impact:
At approximately 7:30 pm, a section of the 69 KV transmission line failed, causing an island-wide shut down of the electrical grid. The line is proximate to the Crabbs Substation. On discovery of the fault, the affected section was isolated and the Electricity Business Unit commenced re-energizing the system. This process returned power within 30 minutes to some consumers, and the entire system was restored within 1 hour and 30 minutes. APUA service crews have already commenced repairing the lines; however to execute this work, the Crabbs substation will have to be taken off line; this will affect the power supply to business located at the Crabbs Peninsula. This will also affect the Water Business Unit’s pumping operation at Crabbs, which currently provides 60% of the island’s water supply. As a result consumers in the following areas will be affected:


  • Parham
  • Fitches Creek
  • Piggotts
  • Potters
  • Cassada Gardens
  • Sutherlands
  • Dry Hill
  • Upper & Lower Gambles
  • Fort Road
  • Mount Pleasant
  • Anchorage Road
  • McKinnon’s
  • Cedar Grove
  • Hodges Bay
  • Coolidge

Water service to these areas should be restored by 6:00 pm this evening.

The Authority apologises for any inconvenience caused.