Report on Johor Baru blackout within a week

Rizalman Hammim

JOHOR BARU: Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) will submit a report on the blackout that hit Johor Baru yesterday to the Energy Commission within a week.

Johor TNB general manager (customer service) Datuk Baderul Sham Saad said the company was currently investigating the cause of the blackout which hit the city centre and several areas in Tampoi and Tebrau.

“We are still investigating the exact cause of the blackout and are in communication with the commission. We hope to submit a report to the commission within a week,” said Baderul Sham when contacted by NSTP.

Yesterday, Baderul Sham said the blackout, which occurred about 1pm, was caused by faults at the 132/33kV main entrance substation at Johor Baru City Center (JBCC).

Some 10,000 consumers were affected by the disruption with thousands of motorists being trapped in traffic as traffic lights went dead. There was also one report of people being trapped in an elevator although no injuries were reported.

The disruption also affected the Komtar building, the JB Central building, the Sultanah Aminah Hospital, Taman Century and Jalan Yahya Awal.

Power was fully restored in the affected areas by 7.40 pm.

Baderul Sham also said that the amount of losses resulting from the blackout is still being assessed.

“We have yet to determined the amount of losses from the blackout as we are still investigating,” he said. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd