Profuse apologies

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Kompas – August 9, 2019
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From an oped piece titled Questions on the Electricity Problem

A massive power failure hit the Indonesian capital of Jakarta and surrounding cities on Sunday affecting millions of people.

The state electricity company PLN said the outage occurred when one of the gas turbines at its Suralaya plant shut down causing seven other turbines to trip followed by a shutdown of its gas turbine plant at Cilegon.

The blackout – which lasted around six hours – affected the entire Greater Jakarta region including Bogor, Depok, Tangerang and Bekasi – home to about 30 million people. It also extended to parts of the neighbouring provinces of West and Central Java.

Jakarta’s train system and its underground metro was brought to a standstill and major phone networks only worked intermittently. Traffic lights also reportedly stopped working in at some parts of Jakarta resulting in even greater traffic congestion than usual.

PLN’s executive vice president for corporate communications, I Made Suprateka, said in a statement that the company “apologises profusely for the blackout that has occurred, right now we are continuing to normalize [the situation]”.

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