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Belize Electricity Limited blames contact between transmission pole anchor and high voltage lines for power outage on Friday


Posted: Saturday, December 16, 2023. 11:08 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) reports that the cause of Friday evening’s power outage that affected parts of the Belize, Cayo, Stann Creek, and Toledo Districts was a transmission pole anchor making contact with high voltage lines in a swampy, isolated area of the Belize District.

Power went out at 5:02 in the evening and was restored by 6:50 p.m. to affected areas using local generation sources.

According to the power company, at the time of the outage, Belize was not synchronized with the Mexican grid through Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE); it is now doing so to restore our energy supply mix fully. Customers should not experience any interruptions during the process.

BEL thanked affected customers “for your patience and understanding” during the “unplanned” outage.

According to the BEL social media page, peak power demand for the country on Friday afternoon and evening was 95 megawatts, slightly less than the total available from Belizean power sources.


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