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Massive blackout hits many parts of Singapore

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A massive 2-hour blackout which started at about 10pm yesterday hit many parts of Singapore, causing homes and roads to plunge into darkness.

Among the areas affected were Hougang, Sengkang, Clementi, Eunos, Ang Mo Kio, Toa Payoh, Queenstown, Woodlands, Serangoon, Ghim Moh and parts of Bishan.

It was a nightmare for many people who were caught unawares. Women were heard screaming in the bathrooms around HDB estates. People were trapped in lifts. Drivers had to slow down on the roads and at road junctions as street and traffic lights were not working. 

Phone lines were jammed and SMS messages failed to be sent as thousands of subscribers scrambled to use these communication devices simultaneously, congesting the networks.

The Energy Market Authority (EMA) said that the blackout was caused by a disruption of the supply of natural gas from Indonesia.

The last major blackout occurred in August 2002 as a result of a gas-supply disruption from Indonesia.

More news to be included below later when we receive it from EMA and the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF).


News Release from Energy Market Authority

Power Failure on 29.6.04

Power supply to the following areas was disrupted at 10pm due to the disruption of natural gas supply from Indonesia:

Clementi, Choa Chu Kang, Crawford, Jln Eunos, Aljunied, Buona Vista, Jurong, Bishan, Bukit Batok, Changi, Mandai, Marina Centre, Serangoon North, Telok Blangah and Hougang.

The affected power stations i.e. Tuas Power, Seraya Power and Semcorp are switching to run on alternative fuel to generate electricity. This has enabled the progressive restoration of supply since 10.26pm.

Power has been fully restored at 11.58pm.

Source: Energy Market Authority News Release 29 Jun 2004


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30 June 2004