Gecko causes hours-long blackout in Palawan


PALAWAN – At around 8:55 PM, September 21, 2015, residents of Puerto Princesa City and Southern Palawan municipalities experienced an unscheduled total blackout. Small establishments around the Puerto Princesa Baywalk had to close early due to the power interruption.

The reason for the total blackout was initially unknown.

Total Blackout

At around 9:45 PM, the Palawan Electric Cooperative (PALECO) started restoring power. But at around 10 PM, one of the generators of PPGI – one of PALECO’s independent power provider tripped.

Power was fully restored in Puerto Princesa at around 11:30PM. Power restoration in Southern Municipalities was completed at around 12:30AM of September 22nd.

The Palawan Electric Cooperative, through their Facebook page, announced that according to the National Power Corporation, the reason for the total blackout was a short circuited gecko in the 69KV bus line of NPC in Baranagy Irawan,Puerto Princesa.

This was not the first time that a power interruption in Palawan was caused by a gecko.

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