Kenya power blackout caused by monkey falling onto transformer


KenGen have released a statement blaming yesterday’s nationwide electricity outage in Kenya on a monkey climbing on a power station roof and tripping a transformer.

According to the Star newspaper, the power station affected was at Gitaru which is the biggest in terms of installed capacity and can serve a fifth of the country’s capacity from its 225MW peak power generation.

For more than three hours following the 11.30am incident, the country was without electricity with resulted in the service industry, which relies on the mains supply, grinding to a halt.

The statement read:

Kenyan press release“At 1129 hours this morning, a monkey climbed on the roof of Gitaru Power Station and dropped onto the transformer tripping it.

“This caused other machines at the power station to trip on overload resulting in a loss of more than 180MW form this plant, which triggered a national power blackout.

“The system has since been restored and all our power generating units are operating normally.

“KenGen power installations are secured by electric fencing which keeps away marauding wild animals.

“We regret this isolated incident and the company is looking at ways of further enhancing security at all our power plants.”

Power was restored across the country at around 3pm local time.