• Thu. Sep 23rd, 2021

A Blackout Leaves Half Spain Without Electricity Supply

ByRoger Fisher

Jul 26, 2021

A problem with a seaplane has caused a problem in an electrical interconnection line with France, causing the supply cut in several Spanish provinces, among which are Madrid, Murcia and areas of Catalonia, Extremadura, Aragon, Navarra and Andalusia.

Red Eléctrica has assumed the incidence, but points out that “the protections have acted correctly to avoid a total fall of the system”.

In this sense, the company has reported that the importation of electricity “has gone from 1,053 MW to 143 MW”, falling a capacity equivalent to the production of a nuclear power plant. Meanwhile, the real demand has increased by almost 2,000 MW, “predictably due to the necessary shedding to avoid a total fall”, they explain.

As can be seen in the graph of RTE -the French electricity supplier-, exports to Spain moved around 2,500 MW, when it fell to zero around 4:00 p.m.

Civil Protection of Catalonia reported the supply cut after 5 in the afternoon, and cited Endesa to indicate that there were more than 640,000 subscribers affected. Little more than half an hour later, the Catalan body indicated that the situation had returned to normal.

Red Eléctrica has reported through its Twitter account once the incident has ended, more than an hour after the outages. The company points to “an incident with a seaplane” that “has generated a problem in the French very high voltage network, causing the temporary disconnection of the Peninsula from the rest of Europe.”

Its French counterpart, RTE, has pointed out that the supply cut has also affected the Perpignan area and the eastern Pyrenees.

A problem with a seaplane has caused a problem in an electrical interconnection line with France, causing the supply cut in several Spanish provinces, among which are Madrid, Murcia and areas of Catalonia, Extremadura, Aragon, Navarra and Andalusia.

Red Eléctrica has assumed the incidence, but points out that “the protections have acted correctly to avoid a total fall of the system”.

In this sense, the company has reported that the importation of electricity “has gone from 1,053 MW to 143 MW”, falling a capacity equivalent to the production of a nuclear power plant. Meanwhile, the real demand has increased by almost 2,000 MW, “predictably due to the necessary shedding to avoid a total fall”, they explain.

As can be seen in the graph of RTE -the French electricity supplier-, exports to Spain moved around 2,500 MW, when it fell to zero around 4:00 p.m.

Civil Protection of Catalonia reported the supply cut after 5 in the afternoon, and cited Endesa to indicate that there were more than 640,000 subscribers affected. Little more than half an hour later, the Catalan body indicated that the situation had returned to normal.

Red Eléctrica has reported through its Twitter account once the incident has ended, more than an hour after the outages. The company points to “an incident with a seaplane” that “has generated a problem in the French very high voltage network, causing the temporary disconnection of the Peninsula from the rest of Europe.”

Its French counterpart, RTE, has pointed out that the supply cut has also affected the Perpignan area and the eastern Pyrenees.

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