Monkey Business Behind Complete Blackout in Kenya

The blackout led to the loss of more than 180 megawatts from the grid.

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A monkey tripped a transformer over at Kenya’s biggest power producer, Kenya Generating Company. (Photo: iStockphoto)

Kenya faced a complete blackout on Tuesday, as a monkey tripped a transformer over, at the country’s biggest power producer, Kenya Generating Company (KenGen).

The blackout, that occurred after a technical fault at Gitaru Hydro power station, led to the loss of more than 180 megawatts from the grid, power producer KenGen said.

KenGen power installations are secured by electric fencing which keeps away marauding wild animals. We regret this isolated incident and the company is looking at ways of further enhancing security at all our power plants.
KenGen’s Statement

Kenyan businesses regularly complain that power cuts due to its ageing grid and unreliable supplies make them uncompetitive and affect growth.

(With inputs from Reuters.)

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