Worker accident causes blackout in Campeche, Quintana Roo and Yucatan

Users from the Yucatan Peninsula, Quintana Roo and Campeche reported a massive blackout that caused the interruption of cell phone services, internet and traffic lights in large areas of these states.

The failure in the electricity supply by the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) extended to tourist areas such as Cancun, Tulum and Playa del Carmen; affecting one million 300 thousand users throughout the region.

The state electricity company replied that the causes of the interruption are being investigated and that Apparently the interruption was the product of the transmission line going out at 400 Kv.which affected the supply of electricity among users in the states of Yucatán, Quintana Roo and Campeche.

He indicated that “in the Peninsular Distribution Division, on May 22 at 8:32 a.m., the 400 kv Automatic Load Trigger operates due to the start of operation of the lines DZT A3Q40 TIC, DZT A3Q50 TIC, DZT A3Q60 RMY, DZT A3Q70 RMY, 600 Megawatts (MW) and 690 thousand users in those same states were affected”.

In other words, according to what CFE said, blackouts in the region are not new and are beginning to recur.

Through a statement, the state electricity company justified that, in order to maintain the stability of the National Electric System, the CFE executes in coordination with the CENACE the activities of restoration of the electrical supply.

So far, he said, 479,788 users have been restoredwhich represents 36% of the total affected.

The Federal Electricity Commission announced that Between 08:32 and 08:40 hours, six high-voltage lines went out of operationwhich affected 1.3 million users in the states of Campeche, Quintana Roo and Yucatán.

The affected users, according to the state electricity company, represent 62% of the total users of that region.

By status, the affected users and their restoration are reported:

-In Campeche there were 20,938 affected users, whose electrical service has already been restored to normal.

-In Quintana Roo there were 619 thousand 612 users affected, it has been restored to 43%.

-In Yucatan there were 681,950 affected users, it has been restored to 28%.

THE CAUSE

The cause of the failure was the accident of a CFE workerwhich was giving maintenance to one of the high tension lines.

The worker has already been transferred to receive medical attention and is reported in stable condition.

In July of last year, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador assured that “there will no longer be blackouts in the country.”

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