SINGAPORE: Multiple parts of Singapore were hit by blackouts early on Tuesday (Sep 18), with several areas across the island losing power for at least half an hour.
The power outages, which started at 1.18am, affected areas ranging from Jurong and Woodlands to Ang Mo Kio and Bedok, according to residents that took to social media to report the blackouts.
A Twitter user known as Amanda tweeted a video of her estate in darkness, adding that she lived in Bedok Reservoir.
Other netizens in estates like Jurong West and Sembawang likewise reported blackouts in their area.
Felicia Tan, a Sembawang resident, told Channel NewsAsia it was the first blackout she had experienced in her 10 years of living there.
Among those who took to social media was Speaker of Parliament Tan Chuan-Jin, who noted that there seems to be "quite a serious and extensive blackout in a number of areas and affecting a number of blocks".
He added: "The hotlines are clogged up with calls hence your not being able to get through. Stay calm. The agencies are doing what they can."
Energy utility company SP Group apologised on Twitter, adding that it was investigating the incident.
Its 24-hour emergency hotline was busy when Channel NewsAsia attempted to contact it.
The power company later said in a statement that power was restored to all affected areas by 1.56am, 38 minutes after the blackout occurred. However, a few areas remained without power until about 3.30am, one Yishun resident told Channel NewsAsia.
SP Group said areas affected included Boon Lay, Choa Chu Kang, Clementi, Jurong, Pandan Loop, Aljunied, Geylang, Tanjong Rhu, Mountbatten, Kembangan, Bedok, East Coast, Ang Mo Kio, Bishan, Thomson, Mandai, Admiralty, Sembawang and Woodlands.
It added that 146,797 residential and commercial customers were affected by the blackout, which preliminary findings point to a "partial loss of supply from two power generation units" as the cause.
The Energy Market Authority of Singapore (EMA) said it was also investigating and that it took "a serious view of disruptions to Singapore’s electricity supply".
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