Over current causes island wide outagePOSTED: 06/26/12 12:10 PM
St. Maarten –The island suffered a brief total blackout at 1:18 p.m. because the protection mechanism of one of the transformers that powers the GEBE power plant was activated as a result of an over current. This resulted in an abrupt shutting down of all the production units in order to safeguard the power plant.
Technicians were able to quickly locate and solve the problem. Part of the load from the faulty transformer was transferred to another transformer and the technicians quickly initiated the startup sequence to bring the plant back online. All areas were back online by 2:45 pm.
Affected customers were kept up to date about the outage via the GEBE Facebook page and SMS service.
People in some districts also had no water. The company revealed that that particular outage happened because they needed to re-prime water pumps for production.