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Massive Blackout Leaves Yucatan Peninsula Without Electricity

By María José Goytia | Wed, 06/29/2022 - 12:05

A massive blackout affected 1.3 million users in the Yucatan Peninsula on the morning of Wednesday, June 22, due to operational problems of six high voltage lines. The incident was caused by a CFE worker, who suffered an accident while performing maintenance on one of these lines.

CFE informed that at around 8:30 a.m., six high voltage lines went out of operation, which affected 1.3 million users from the Yucatan Peninsula. “CFE identified the suspension of the electric service due to the failure of 400kV transmission lines, which affected the supply of electric power to users in the states of Yucatan, Quintana Roo and Campeche. Technical personnel immediately focused on identifying the causes of the problem to reestablish the electricity supply as soon as possible. Service is being restored gradually," informed the utility.

Affected users in the three states amounted to 20,938 in Campeche, 681,950 in Yucatan, and 619,612 in Quintana Roo. Mexico's main tourist areas, Cancun, Tulum and Playa del Carmen, saw their services affected due to the electric power suspension, as by midday service had only been reestablished to 43 percent of the users in Quintana Roo.

Three hours after the blackout began, only 479,788 users, 36 percent of those affected, had their electricity service reestablished. It was not until after midday that the CFE was able to re-establish service to all affected users. "CFE executed reestablishment operations in full coordination with CENACE and has already re-established the power supply," the utility communicated through social networks.

CENACE informed that at 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday, the local grid operators declared an operational state of emergency in the Riviera, Cancun, Merida, and Valladolid Zone.

Blackouts in the region are relatively frequent and are starting to become more recurrent. This same move was recently used by CENACE last May 22, when the Peninsular Distribution Division operated an automatic 400kV load shedding due to the shutdown of several lines following a 600MW supply disruption to 690,000 users in Quintana Roo, Campeche and Yucatan.

"Unfortunately, the cause of the failure was the accident of a CFE worker who was performing maintenance on one of the high voltage lines. The worker has already been transferred to receive medical attention and is reported to be stable," said the state utility.

The data used in this article was sourced from:  
Expansión, El Financiero, El Universal
Photo by:   CFE on Twitter
María José Goytia María José Goytia Journalist and Industry Analyst