Tobago suffers massive outage

By Elizabeth Williams

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.

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W.A.R said on Sunday, Feb 12 at 2:22 PM

The company that built the power plant in Tobago did not know what they were doing, Im a Tobagonian myself and I build power plants in Pennsylvania and Texas. I took a glance at the power plant that they built in tobago and made comment they were going the wrong direction and the young engineer was quick to get me off the property, because he knew i was telling the truth. They will always have problems with that plant.

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cricket said on Sunday, Feb 12 at 12:21 PM

Tobagons have much hot air and wind , excuse your selves from the human race

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Adjacent said on Saturday, Feb 11 at 3:04 PM

Orville can he mouth. However he could have boasted further by saying he included environmentalists and ecologists on his planning team.

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Adjacent said on Saturday, Feb 11 at 3:01 PM

I believe that T&TEC experimented on wind farming at John Dial..Evidence of this is at Bay Leaf Hill. Why wasn't it successful?...I have my conclusions but I would want to have more concrete evidence to support my views. I recommend solar...many homes still generate electricity using solar energy.

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truth said on Friday, Feb 10 at 12:27 PM

now you agree your are a third world country

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Sally said on Wednesday, Feb 1 at 11:23 AM

Mr Orville London was boasting that when Cove is finished Tobago will be feeding Trinidad with electricity. I guess as usuall he was just boasting.

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the virginian said on Tuesday, Jan 31 at 6:22 PM

Anonymous,I'm in your corner on this one.Just about all major nations,even those with natural gas and hydrocarbon deposits,are,somewhat, moving towards or exploring 'green'energy technology--solar energy and wind-farming--to help reduce polution as well as climate change,if,as I do,you believe earth is warming-up.In my view, Tobago should prove an ideal candidate especially for wind-farming.It seems that the Trade Winds are always blowing there.Sure,relatively cheap energy could be harvested,at least to augment the current electrical grid.

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Rasee said on Tuesday, Jan 31 at 3:51 PM

is about time that we look in to using alternate energy sources like wind , sun and wave . Look how much of the sources we have . Central production of power is just a weak way of doing things

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Anonymous said on Tuesday, Jan 31 at 3:47 PM

this is too much of an issue. We need to supply our electricity different- we have so much wind, we have so much sun why have a lot of sea and ocean why not develop a program to tap those resources. there is always something we can do

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the virginian said on Tuesday, Jan 31 at 3:14 PM

How does a massive power failure,as described,impact operations such as,but not limited to,sewer treatment plants?As a result,does untreated sewer flow unfettered to the ocean,streams or other potable water systems?Or would the shutdown of the plant automatically prevent untreated sewer escape?

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visitas said on Monday, Jan 30 at 2:59 PM

remembers this sort of thing happening quite often, they don't bother with 'third world' islands.

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