Buenos Aires (EFE).- Several failures in the Argentine electrical system cause an extensive blackout that affects several areas of the country, including Buenos Aires.
According to sources from the Ministry of Energy, “several failures were recorded in the interconnected system.”
“As a result of the foregoing, various generation plants came out,” including the Atucha 1 nuclear power plant and the Central Puerto thermal generator.
Similarly, the Ministry of Energy indicated that “work is being done quickly to solve this issue.”
The causes of the blackout in Argentina
According to data from the Wholesale Electricity Market Administration Company (Cammesa), electricity demand collapsed as of 4:00 p.m. local time (7:00 p.m. GMT) in almost the entire country, although with uneven impact.
For its part, the high-voltage electricity transmission company Transener reported that three high-voltage lines had gone out of service that link the transformer stations of the Buenos Aires town of General Rodríguez with the Litoral area (northeast) as consequence of a fire in a field.
Transener said that, together with Cammesa, it implemented a contingency plan and began work to restore supply.
Due to the blackout, interruptions have been reported in commuter rail services in Buenos Aires and in the capital’s metro.