By Kampala Sun writer
The nationwide power outage experienced on Thursday triggered a countrywide social media frenzy.
Whereas some went as far as suggesting that it was former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi behind the blackout, since there were several heads of states visiting for the Nile Basin Initiative summit in Kampala, Eskom Uganda Limited has come out to explain.
In a press release, they explain that at around 17:48hrs, a blackout occurred at Nalubaale and Kiira Power Stations managed by Eskom Uganda Limited.
Preliminary findings show that the incident was triggered by an overhead earth shield wire which broke and fell on the live equipment below.
The incident happened during stormy weather conditions. The fallen earth wire short circuited both bus bars causing all connected generators and loads to trip.
Eskom Engineers swung into action to handle the emergency. The damaged equipment was isolated and the system made ready for system restoration as coordinated by the system Operator. The first unit was on load and started supplying power within one hour. Full generation at the Complex was restored within three hours after the incident.
Eskom in partnership with Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited (UETCL) and UMEME shall jointly investigate the cause of the incident and put in place measures to avoid a repeat occurrence.