BEL Explains Countrywide Blackouts

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Updated: April 11, 2016

Collapsed systems in the national electricity grid have been cited as the reason for last night’s multiple power outages.  The first loss of power happened just after eight o’clock in all districts which the Belize Electricity Limited says was due to a faulty protection device in Xulha, (SHUL-HA) Mexico.  Two more power failures occurred and at around 9:50pm power was restored and stabilized.  BEL issued a statement on the system collapse and has stated that the faulty device has been repaired.  Last night, as a contingency, BEL had used its backup generating plants to allow for a gradual stabilization of its supply during the night.