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Update 2: Switchgear blast leads to widespread power cuts

Photo: Jason Borg

Photo: Jason Borg

Widespread power cuts were reported in several areas around Malta and Gozo after the distribution switchgear of the Marsa south distribution centre blew up during re-enforcement works.

No one was injured but a number of employees were sent to hospital for observation. Power was restored by 6.45pm.

Enemalta said the fault caused the two units at Marsa Power Station - Turbine 6 and Turbine 7 - together with the steam units and gas turbine at Delimara Power Station to trip.

The only generating units that did not suffer a trip were the diesel engines at the Delimara extension.

As a result, 55 per cent of the island suffered a power cut.

The corporation said investigations are underway to find the cause of the explosion.

 

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