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Bali Suffers an Island-Wide Power Outage

October 16th Blackout Blamed on Runaway Kite in East Java.

(10/21/2006) Bali's precarious balance in the national electrical power grid was underlined, once again, as the entire island suffered an electrical power interruption on Monday morning, October 16, 2006 when a 150 kilowatt transformer failed at Banyuwangi, East Java.

The failure, which apparently triggered a chain-reaction across the entire island, caused Bali to lose power at 6:26 a.m. local time, only to be restored more than an hour later at 7:52 a.m.

At a press conference convened by the State Power Board (PLN) and PT Indonesia Power an apology was issued to the people of Bali for the power outage blamed on a short circuit caused by a kite that fell on the subject transformer, causing a short circuit.

The electrical suppliers complained that power interruptions due to fallen kites was, unfortunately, a common occurrence, particularly in Bali where kites can be enormous in size.

Officials estimate that the interruption in power caused direct losses in power billings by PLN equal to Rp. 176 million (approximately US$19,200).