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#441207 - 06/22/12 07:38 AM BEL Reports on Nationwide Power Outage  
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Marty Offline
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At 7:00 p.m. last night a critical fault on the Mexican electricity grid caused power supply to be lost to the Northern Zone of Belize, which includes the Corozal District, Orange Walk District and San Pedro Town.

Since Belize Cogeneration Energy Limited (Belcogen) was offline for maintenance, the hydroelectric and gas turbine facilities were used to restore power to most areas of the Northern Zone by 8:00 p.m.

At 9:41 p.m., a lightning strike on the 69 kV transmission line between Dangriga and La Democracia caused a system interruption on the national grid, which resulted in a national power outage. As the company attempted to restore power, the gas turbine facility developed electrical problems and the hydroelectric facilities had to be used to facilitate power restoration. Using the hydro facilities is a much slower process, compared to the gas turbine.

At about 11:00 p.m. power was restored to a portion of the Belize District and Belmopan, using the hydroelectric facilities. Shortly after, power supply was again lost to those areas while efforts were being made to restore power to the remainder of the country.

The electrical fault at the gas turbine facility was eventually resolved and the company commenced restoration of the national grid. CFE also resolved its fault and reconnected with the Belize national grid. CFE was therefore used to restore power to the remaining sections of the country and power was restored to all areas by 2:00 a.m. today.

BEL apologizes for the inconvenience caused by these power outages and thanks customers for their patience while our employees worked diligently to restore power supply.

#441209 - 06/22/12 08:05 AM Re: BEL Reports on Nationwide Power Outage [Re: Marty]  
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It wasn't bad.....I managed a shower between lights on & lights off....Opened the windows and really enjoyed a quiet night of smooth rain.....Until about 2am when everything in the house turned back on and scared me into an awaken state that took 2 hours to recover from.....Note to self: if going to bed when the power is off, shut everything down.....I prefer my cardiac work out at the gym.

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#441210 - 06/22/12 08:14 AM Re: BEL Reports on Nationwide Power Outage [Re: Judyann H.]  
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lucky you Judyann! we had two mixers full of chocolate cake mix for birthdays today.... nearly lost the lot! Lucky the cooking is gas.

I bet Caye Caulker were blissfully unaware....

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#441211 - 06/22/12 08:19 AM Re: BEL Reports on Nationwide Power Outage [Re: Marty]  
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Hey JudyAnn, same thing here. woke up to blasting lights and music!!!

#441213 - 06/22/12 08:58 AM Re: BEL Reports on Nationwide Power Outage [Re: MathieusDeli]  
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ron Offline
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Its the big advantage of generating your own power as is done on CC. Individually generated power frees you totally from the grid, but you have to do your own maintenance.

#441232 - 06/22/12 12:41 PM Re: BEL Reports on Nationwide Power Outage [Re: Marty]  
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Glad to hear the chocolate cake made it.....and I'm sure it's delicious!

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#441261 - 06/22/12 10:45 PM Re: BEL Reports on Nationwide Power Outage [Re: Marty]  
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Today I wanted to be a little more prepared so I went to town to get supplies:
- 3 candles
- 1 rechargeable torch
- 2 mini Belize Flags
- 2 disposable lighters
- 1 butane lighter
- Lots of smiles
- TOTAL = $37.29 BZD

The experience priceless.....

Now...just waiting for the power to go out....

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