LUCELEC releases statement on early morning island-wide power outage

LUCELEC releases statement on early morning island-wide power outage

lucelecPRESS RELEASE – At 12:57 a.m. today (Monday November 9, 2015) the island experienced a total shut down of the power system.

The shutdown was linked to an earlier lightning strike that broke two high voltage lines on a major circuit in Augier, Vieux-Fort. That incident occurred at 12:26 a.m. and led to three generators at LUCELEC’s Cul-de-Sac facility shutting down resulting in a loss of power to some parts of the system. In attempting to restore the network from that initial fault, the power system shut down at 12:57 a.m.

Power restoration began at 1:57 a.m. and the system was fully restored at approximately 3:45 a.m.

St Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) apologizes to its customers for any inconvenience caused by this incident.


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  1. Once the load is taken off the system very suddenly, due to a breakage. The generators are designed to shut off. If this doesn't happen the generators could over rev and break them selves up. So there's a detector on the electricity side so that any spikes up or down in demand the fuel is cut off to all the generators. After shut down there's a sequence or events to power everything up safely. Luclec should inform customers of this. They also need to explain to the PLp of stlucia how much the network generators and fuel costs.


  2. Thanks, once again you addressed the problem immediately. While the majority of the island was fast asleep and unaware of this, you went out there and did your job.

    I thank you and appreciate what you did. Your Technicians ROCK!!

    There are many 1st world countries, where this fast service is just a dream, it take days to fix.


  3. I think in general Lucelec does a good job of providing us with a stable and reliable power supply.

    However, to have a situation where a fault at a single location on the system leads to the entire network shutting down sounds to me like a design flaw. This is just not good enough.


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