Country wide blackout, Mexico’s CFE assists BEL to restore power

The country of Belize experienced power outages during the course of Friday morning. According to a statement from Belize Electricity Limited (BEL), the national grid was being supplied solely by in-country generation to allow for scheduled maintenance on the portion of Mexico’s CFE’s system which supplies Belize. However, the demand on the units for the generating plant in the south were higher than normal and exceeded the protection for that part of the country, resulting in an outage to a major portion of the system. Power supply was lost to the Corozal, Orange Walk, Cayo and Belize Districts at 8:19 a.m.  Power was back up in 15 minutes but by  9:53 a.m., the entire country lost power supply when the fault condition reoccurred. The fault condition was identified and corrected, and BEL commenced restoration to the Central, West and South. As a mitigation measure, BEL also arranged to reconnect with Mexico’s CFE to assist with restoration of power supply to the North of the country. Full restoration was achieved at 11:23 a.m.

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