MEC Unit 9 Trips Offline Causing Recent Outages

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With Cabras 2 down for a 45-day overhaul, Guam’s strained power grid is once again in a vulnerable position. 

Guam – With the island experiencing a rash of power outages the past couple days, the Guam Power Authority maintains that it has adequate reserve to prevent further load shedding schedules.

 

With Cabras 2 down for a 45-day overhaul, Guam’s strained power grid is once again in a vulnerable position. At a GPA meeting in February, General Manager John Benavente said that the island is vulnerable to power outages during the Cabras 2 overhaul period. Earlier this morning, residents from Macheche, Harmon, Agana, Chalan Pago, and Yigo experienced power outages due to MEC Unit no. 9 tripping offline for “electrical issues.” MEC General Manager Rino Manzano says that engineers were pushing MEC unit no. 9 to the max when the unit tripped offline. GPA Spokesman Art Perez says, with Cabras 2 down, MEC unit 9 handles 25 percent of Guam’s electrical load. Perez says that MEC unit 9 is in need of an overhaul and has one scheduled for April. Manzano says that MEC unit 9 does not need any major overhauls, just minor repairs. He says anything that has happened to the unit to cause it to trip offline is unexpected and minor.