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Candles on Standby

Bali in Danger of Blackouts February 12 - April 2, 2014

(2/14/2014) A spokesman for the State Power Board (PLN) is denying reports in the Bali press that repairs taking place on the power generating station at Gilimanuk in West Bali will result in temporary power black outs for some sections of the Island.

The PLTG Gilamnuk plant capable of generating 130 megawatts of power has been running continuously for 24,000 hours or 1,000 days and is now in need of a major overhaul.

During the repair and maintenance period, Bali's power grid will be operating at critical limitations, but Wayan Redika of PLN rejects suggestions that power outages will occur. "We still have enough power to overcome the situation of PLTG Gilimanuk's shutdown for repairs," he said.

To meet any possible shortfalls in power PLN has rented a temporary generation unit placed at Pesanggaran in South Bali capable of producing 60 megawatts.

Redika ceded that blackout could occur if Bali suffers high temperatures precipitating high usage levels for air conditioning units.

Bali will be at risk of black outs for 50 days from February 12 until April 2, 2014 while repairs are undertaken on the Gilimanuk power plant.

Without the Gilimanuk plant in operation, Bali's power grid is still capable of supporting 670 megawatts, a total just short of the 690 megawatts on standby during the repair period.