NICOSIA – Rolling power cuts started at 7.10 am on Friday as the Transmission Systems Operator scrambled to manage limited power supply resulting from a 12 hour strike by Electricity Authority staff.
Christos Christodoulou said that his office had drawn up a programme of managed power cuts to protect against a possible blackout. He appealed to consumers to keep consumption at a minimum and for those who have generators to turn them on to ease the load on the grid. Information on the programme of managed power cuts is available on www.eac.com.cy.
Rolling power cuts would be between two and two and a half hours in each area, he added and would in part depend on how consumers respond to appeals to keep consumption down.
A possible fault at one of the generating units raised the specter of an all-island blackout, he added.
Power production is at 60% as Electricity Authority employees strike in protest at Thursday’s approval by cabinet of a privatization bill. Strikes – from midnight to midnight are also underway at the telecommunications authority (Cyta) and the ports authority
An Electricity Authority spokesman said that strike action meant the production would be at around 410 megawatts. Consumption after 8.00 am is at 480 megawatts, rising to 500 by early afternoon and ranging between 550 to 580 in late afternoon.
The EAC strike ends at 7.00 pm.