Blackouts hit multiple estates across Singapore; power restored to all areas, says SP Group

Blackouts hit multiple estates across Singapore; power restored to all areas, says SP Group

The power outages hit estates as far apart as Jurong, Woodlands, Ang Mo Kio and Bedok.

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Flats in Woodlands during (left) and after (right) the blackout. (Photo: Fann Sim)

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.

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The view of the blackout at Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4. (Photo: James JQ Wong)

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The blackout at Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5. (Photo: Kelvin Tan)

A Twitter user known as Amanda tweeted a video of her estate in darkness, adding that she lived in Bedok Reservoir.

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The blackout as seen near Bedok Reservoir. (Photo: JY Chai)

Other netizens in estates like Jurong West and Sembawang likewise reported blackouts in their area.

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The blackout in Jurong West Street 81. (Photo: Mr Kong)

Felicia Tan, a Sembawang resident, told Channel NewsAsia it was the first blackout she had experienced in her 10 years of living there. 

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The blackout in Sembawang. (Photo: Felicia Tan)

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The blackout in Sembawang. (Photo: Mohamed Rezdwan)

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."

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Flats in Ubi were affected by the blackout on Tuesday. (Photo: Channel NewsAsia reader)

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.

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Lengkong Tiga in Kembangan. (Photo: Kenneth Choy)

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.

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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.

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Apartments at Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4 are shrouded in darkness during the blackout. (Photo: Channel NewsAsia reader)

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".

READ MORE: Singapore blackout: More than 146,000 customers affected islandwide; EMA investigating 

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Source: CNA/ec(dt)