Days after the nationwide blackout that lasted close to three hours, Electricity generation company Eskom Uganda has come out to clarify on the exact cause.
The blackout happened on the evening of Thursday June 22, which was characterized by stormy weather conditions.
According to a statement from Eskom Uganda, the blackout occurred at Nalubaale and Kiira Power Stations.
“Preliminary findings show that the incident was triggered by an overhead earth shield wire which broke and fell on the live equipment below,” reads part of the statement.
“The fallen earth wire short circuited both bus bars causing all connected generators and loads to trip.”
Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited (UEGCL) spokesperson Simon Kasyate had told ChimpReports on Thursday that the outage was caused by lightening which hit one of the major lines.
“It was lightening which struck the 33KV line at Nalubale power dam, which affected the Interbus connection,” Kasyate said.
But engineers swung into action to handle the emergency and normalcy was restored in about three hours’ time.
“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,” reads the statement.
“Full generation at the Complex was restored within three hours after the incident.”
The statement further asserts that a joint investigation has been launched by Eskom in partnership with UETCL and UMEME to establish the cause of the incident and put in place measures to avoid a repeat occurance.