Kenya black­out caused by mon­key

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NAIROBI — A na­tion­wide black­out that hit Kenya on Tues­day was caused by a mon­key trip­ping a trans­former at a hy­dropower plant, lead­ing to the loss of more than 180 megawatts from the grid, power pro­ducer Kenya Elec­tric­ity Gen­er­at­ing Com­pany (Kengen) said.

Power dis­trib­u­tor Kenya Power and Kengen said elec­tric­ity sup­ply was knocked out at 11.30 a.m. lo­cal time af­ter a tech­ni­cal fault at Gi­taru Hy­dro power sta­tion.

Kengen, the East African coun­try’s big­gest power pro­ducer, runs the sta­tion.

“A mon­key climbed on the roof of Gi­taru Power Sta­tion and dropped onto a trans­former trip­ping it. This caused other ma­chines at the power sta­tion to trip on over­load re­sult­ing in a loss of more than 180 MW from this plant which trig­gered a na­tional power black­out,” Kengen said in a state­ment late on Tues­day.

“Kengen power in­stal­la­tions are se­cured by elec­tric fenc­ing which keeps away ma­raud­ing wild an­i­mals. We re­gret this iso­lated in­ci­dent and the com­pany is look­ing at ways of fur­ther en­hanc­ing se­cu­rity at all our power plants.”

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