Nairobi: Kenya’s power generation company says a monkey caused a three-hour nationwide blackout.
The Kenya Electricity Generation Company said in a statement late Tuesday that a monkey climbed onto the roof of the Gitaru Power Station in central Kenya and fell onto a transformer, tripping it.
The company said this caused other machines in the station to trip, resulting in the loss of 180MW from the plant, triggering a national blackout.
The blackout lasted more than three hours Tuesday before power was restored. The company said that its facility is secured with an electric fence, and that this was an isolated incident.
“KenGen power installations are secured by electric fencing which keeps away marauding wild animals. We regret this isolated incident and the company is looking at ways of further enhancing security at all our power plants,” it said in a statement.
Kenyan businesses regularly complain that power cuts – due to its ageing grid – and unreliable supplies make them uncompetitive and hurt growth.