Passengers on the Jakarta MRT had to be evacuated after trains stopped short of stations during Sunday's power outage. (B1 Photo/Lenny Tristia Tambun)

Power Gradually Restored to Jakarta and Surrounding Areas: PLN

BY : TELLY NATHALIA

AUGUST 04, 2019

Jakarta. State-owned utility company Perusahaan Listrik Negara said in a statement on Sunday evening that it had managed to restore power distribution to Jakarta and surrounding areas, but that it would take at least three hours for the situation to return to normal.

PLN earlier said the major blackout that occurred in the capital and several cities in West Java was caused by a failure of the Ungaran and Pemalang high-voltage transmission facilities.

The power disruption caused distress in Jakarta, where some trains of the mass rapid transit system came to a halt underground. Commuter trains and traffic lights were also affected, resulting in traffic congestion.

The blackout also disrupted internet connectivity and mobile phone services for about six hours.

State-owned lenders Bank Mandiri and Bank Tabungan Negara said their automated teller machine networks were operating normally.

Jakarta residents flocked to shopping centers, which generally rely on backup generators during power disruptions.

"We apologize for inconvenience caused by today's condition. Right now, all efforts are made to restore the whole Java-Bali power system, especially in West Java and Jakarta," Sripeni Inten Cahyani, acting president director of PLN, said in the statement.

She said the company prioritized the gradual restoration of power to Jakarta by 5.30 p.m. and that normal distribution was expected within three hours after that.

"PLN has been making maximal efforts and will perform an internal evaluation to prevent a similar event from happening," said Sripeni, who is leading the recovery efforts.

Power was restored to most areas in Jakarta by 6 p.m.

Operations at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, were not affected by the blackout, Febri Tiga Simatupang, spokesman for state-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura II, said in a statement on Sunday evening.

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