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Momentarily in the Dark

Power Installation Fixtures Broken During Baliís October 13th Earthquake Cause Widespread Blackouts Four Days Later

(10/21/2011) On Monday, October 17, 2011, many sections of southern and eastern Bali lost electrical service for 30 minutes, starting from 9:30 a.m..

The general manager of The State Electricity Board for Bali (PLN-Bali), Danan Koerniadioera, blamed the outage on broken isolation switches on transformers damaged in the island’s earthquake the previous Thursday.

Said Koerniadipoera: “After we checked, apparently the isolators on transformer had cracked during the earthquake. Why this was only discovered now (Monday) is because the normally static isolators cracked when they were powered up this morning. We had earlier indications that these units were cracked.”

The 30 minute power outage cost PLN-Bali an estimated Rp.51 million (US$5,667) in lost bilings.