On 22nd June 2017 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.
We would like to express appreciation to key stakeholders; UETCL, UMEME, and the standby staff who jointly worked together to restore power supply to the consumers.
We regret any inconvenience this might have caused. Eskom remains committed to application of prudent utility practices at the two plants under our stewardship.