Tobago suffered a massive power outage that sent the entire island into darkness close to two hours on Friday evening. Residents in Crown Point told Tobago news; there was a loud explosion then darkness.
According to Area Manager Anthony Mackintosh, the power failure occurred shortly before 9pm when a piece of equipment became defective at the T & Tec Substation located at Crown Point Tobago. Once the problem was identified, the faulty equipment was isolated.
"The transmission system is being expanded and power from the Cove Eco Industrial Plant flows through the Milford Bay substation, then to the rest of Tobago; as a result, T&Tec Tobago was in no position to transmit power as a support. Efforts were then made to return power on one of the two submarine cables coming from Trinidad," he said.
Power was restored to Tobago shortly before 11 p.m.
With millions of dollars spent on the Cove Eco and Industrial Park, Mackintosh is hopeful that sometime in the near future, the plant will be able to fully provide a reliable supply of electricity to Tobago.