Major power outage: Various areas without power
WILLEMSTAD – The strike at the oil refinery Isla by the contract workers and their union SGTK are causing problems for the utility company Aqualectra. The company cannot reach its installations on the refinery terrain, which means that they only have a capacity of thirty megawatts.
The result is that the areas of North Jan Thiel, Saliña, Parera, Zeelandia, Vredenberg, Punda, Ronde Klip, Oost Jongbloed, Schelpwijk, Gosieweg, Brievengat, Santa Maria, Seru Fortuna, Suffisant, Habaai, Groot Kwartier, Emmastad are without power.
As long as the employees of the utility company cannot enter the oil refinery premises, they will not be able to connect these areas. It is currently not clear how long that will take.
The massive power outage is also causing problems in traffic. The traffic lights are not working. This leads to chaos at the intersections and there are already accidents.
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