THOUSANDS of occupants and tourists in Tenerife had been hit by a power failure upon Sunday, after an explosion in a Granadilla sub-station at around 1pm caused a blackout, affecting every area of the island.
Trams in the capital city, Santa Jones, ground to a halt, shops had been forced to close, as well as cafes plus restaurants in general, and around seventy people had to be rescued from elevates by fire crews after the energy went down. But the two airports had been, reportedly, unaffected, as were private hospitals, several hotels cafes and gas stations, once their generators kicked in.
Initial reviews pointed to an incident in Candelaria, but the power cut was really traced to the sub-station. However , it had been still daylight until around seven. 45pm, and several people headed meant for beaches during the afternoon.
Matthew Ward, 50, and his spouse Nicola, 47, from Goole, Yorkshire, said they hadn’ t consumed since 9am on the second time of their week-long break, when the energy failed. Matthew told the Reflection Online: “ We went for any walk this morning to Los Cristianos for breakfast, and, as we walked back again, we nipped into a shop.
“ But the shopkeeper mentioned she couldn’ t serve all of us as there was no power, after which, as we continued walking back, the bloke was saying the power had been out for three kilometres. “ Whenever we got back to the hotel, the power has been off and only cold food had been served. But most of it had gone. Right now, when you look out to where the pubs are, everyone’ s on the seaside. But it’ s deadly peaceful. In fact , mains electricity was being refurbished, region by region, to the isle from late afternoon. But quite a few areas were still without any energy as the sun began to set. The receptionist at the three-star Hotel Catalonia Oro Negro, in Playa sobre Las Americas, said they were working as normal, with generators. Various restaurants were also able to keep on, thanks to generators, especially those mounted on petrol stations. They all use them, whenever necessary, to keep the pumps energetic.
It worked properly for the Pcan station at Todas las Chafiras, when word spread, quickly, that its Together cafeteria had been operating normally. Dozens of people originated on the premises as darkness started to fall, and, by 9pm, the particular packed café had run out associated with food and had to close. A The spanish language bar owner in Los Cristianos said: “ A lot of bars plus restaurants in the area are without electrical power and will have closed. ”
Brit Debbie Moyse, supervisor of the Cozy Cafe in Todas las Americas, added: “ I think I’ m going to lose about 10, 000 euros in meals alone. I’ ve got 4 large stand-up freezers and 7 catering fridges in the kitchen, and almost everything in there will have to be thrown away.
The owner has been here for 20 years plus it’ s the first time he’ s i9000 heard of a blackout on this level. Santa Cruz Mayor Patricia Herná ndez said on Twitter that will Endesa would take six hrs to repair the outage, but the electrical power supplier declined to comment.
Yet Spanish power-grid owner Red Electrica said it had been examining the causes, and had starting to re-establish solutions in some areas.
In the meantime, the Canarian Government’ s Ministry of Ecological Transition, Fight against Weather Change and Territorial Planning, opened up an investigation file last Monday to look for the blackout cause, which left a lot more than 450, 000 customers without provide, which is equivalent to affecting about a single million people.
Eduardo Prieto, Red Elé ctrica sobre Españ a (REE) Director associated with Operations in the Canaries, pointed to some fortuitous failure of the voltage transformer of the Granadilla de Abona sub-station as a possible blackout source.
Canarian President Á ngel Ví ctor Torres said the Ministry of Ecological Transition technicians had been analysing the place where the power cut happened. He added that the Government analysis must be “ quick” to determine the actual blackout causes were, and exactly why it affected an entire island. Torres recalled that there were economic sanctions for these types of incidents, ranging from € 600, 000 to € 60m euros, depending on the damages incurred. “ Those responsible will have to come to light quickly, and, when that happens, they will need to assume the damages that have been triggered, ” he added.