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At least nine schools were dismissed early as an
unspecified problem at the Trinidad Generation
Unlimited (TGU) plant at the Union Industrial
Estate, La Brea, caused power outages across the
At mid-afternoon, T&TEC corporate communi-
cations manager, Annabelle Brasnell, said power was
restored to most areas. However, a delay in rectifying
the problem at the power plant meant that some
parts of east Trinidad were still without electricity.
With a capacity of 720 mega watts, TGU is the
majority supplier of power to T&TEC.
Traffic backed up in some areas as traffic lights
The power outage began around 10 am and for
customers in Diego Martin it lasted for 30 minutes,
although it fluctuated during the morning period in
In Biche, it lasted for approximately 90 minutes,
two hours in Point Fortin while customers in Marabella
waited for almost four hours.
By 3 pm, a customer in Rousillac said he was
waiting for a response from T&TEC as the power
supply had not returned. A resident of Boos Village,
Rio Claro, said her community was not affected.
At 2.45 pm, Brasnell said only customers between
Five Rivers and some areas in Sangre Grande were
awaiting a resumption of power.
"Most of the customers are back on. We only have
the last set of customers in east Trinidad that are
still out. We anticipate that they should be back on
in about 45 minutes. TGU experienced some delays
in rectifying the problem on their end so it has slowed
down our restoration as well."
She was, however, unaware of what was the
problem at TGU.
She added that while some schools may have
been dismissed early, the commission received no
negative reports of businesses having to close.
A contact at the Ministry of Education said the
impact was minimal but resulted in four primary
schools and five secondary schools around Trinidad
being dismissed between 1.15 pm and 1.30 pm.
School officials ensured meals were provided to the
students before they left school.
An advisory from T&TEC, at noon yesterday,
requested customers to reduce consumption of elec-
tricity as work continued to restore supply to cus-
T&TEC requested customers who were on supply
to reduce consumption to speed up the restoration
It suggested that switching off non-essential appli-
ances/equipment, for example AC units, dryers or
heavy equipment, would help in managing the load
demand for distribution to more areas.
T&TEC s general manager Kelvin Ramsook says
power outages similar to yesterday nationwide black-
out are likely at the Trinidad Generation Unlimited
(TGU) in La Brea increases its capacity.
Ramsook was responding to questions yesterday
from Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat during
a meeting of the Public Administration and Appro-
priations Committee, which was chaired by House
Speaker Bridgid Annisette-George at the J Hamilton-
Maurice Room, Tower D, Waterfront Centre, Port-
Rambharat is a member of the committee and said
he wanted to know if T&TEC had systems in place
for such outages in the wake of last year s shutdown
of the PowerGen plant on Wrightson Road, Port-of-
Ramsook said: "T&TEC is well-prepared and all
systems are in place."
Several areas across the nation were affected by the
outage, including Port-of-Spain. He said that the out-
age affected the capital city for only 20 minutes.
"As we ramp up capacity (from TGU) we would
have little teething issues that will take place and still
have to be ironed out," Ramsook said.
Reminding the committee that the TGU plant
is brand new "you are going to have a period
where you will have to look and see what are the
issues occurring on the plant."
He then apologised to the nation, saying: "We
just ask thay they bear with us because as we take
more capacity, you may have the one or two issues
that may have to be dealt with."
He said yesterday s outage was "related to the air
supply to the gas line at TGU," adding that the
matter was still being investigated.
Ramsook said full supply was restored to all
communities within hours of the 10 am outage.
He said the TGU plant when it began to operate
at full capacity would save the country about $150
Permanent secretary in the Public Utilities Ministry,
Vishnu Dhanpaul, who also appeared before the com-
mittee, said T&TEC s current debt was over $6 billion.
Giving a breakdown of that debt, Dhanpaul said
$2.5 billion was for government advances, $2.4 billion
to National Gas Company for natural gas supplied
and $1.6 billion for a bridging financing facility for
the company to repay TGU.
Dhanpaul said a system of enhanced monitoring
was being implemented in the ministry to ensure that
was proper accountability and delivery of projects.
He insisted it could not be business as usual at the
T&TEC boss warns:
Police officers, while in their lawful duty in an
official vehicle, are allowed to breach the speed
limit, according to communications manager of
the T&T Police Service, Ellen Lewis.
Since the implementation of the speed guns, many
have taken to social media sites, mainly Facebook,
to vent at having to drive slower than they normally
There is currently an online petition requesting
that the limit be increased to 120 kph. The speed
limit on highways is 80 kph for passenger vehicles
and 65 kph for goods vehicles.
Others have questioned if the speed limit applied
only to the public and not to police officers. She was
speaking at the weekly media briefing at the Police
Administration Building, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.
Cops allowed to
exceed speed limit
A 34-year-old PH taxi driver was remanded in
custody yesterday after appearing in the Princes
Town Magistrates Court, accused of having sex with
a 14-year-old Princes Town schoolgirl.
Sean Khelawan, of Mandingo Road, Princes Town,
was charged after the teenager confessed to Child
Protection Unit officers that she had sex with the
Khelawan appeared before senior magistrate Rajendra
Rambachan in the Princes Town first court shortly
after 3 pm. (KF)
PH driver charged with
having sex with minor
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