Worst Russian blackout in seven years, 1.5 million people affected
Power supply was disrupted in Russia’s Far East on Tuesday thanks to the worst accident at a generation facility in the region in seven years. Around 1.5 million people in the region, and also in Siberia, were left without power due to a short circuit on the electricity transmission line.
The accident led to the stopping of eight passenger trains and a temporary halt to power exports to the Chinese city of Haihe. Experts estimate the impact of the damage at US$3.3 million. Power supply was restored after several hours.
It also led to the shutdown of the Blagoveshchenskaya thermal power plant and power units at two large hydroelectric stations – Zeya and Bureyskaya. The power cut affected 1250 MW of capacity.
This was the largest Russian blackout since one in St. Petersburg in 2010.
Source: Asia Times