10.3 million People Without Electricity

Mexico City. The Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) announced that  10 million 300 thousand users were without electricity service due to the mega blackout reported this Monday.

According to the company, this was due to a low power frequency throughout the country, which causes power generation plants to go out.

“This program is applied so as not to affect all users in the country,” said the state production company.

“At 14:29 hours (20.19 hours GMT), 10.3 million users went out of operation due to a low frequency throughout the national territory, this due to the output of generation plants. This program is applied so as not to affect all users in the country, “the CFE reported on its Twitter account.

Two hours later, the parastatal notified by the same means the restoration of the electrical service as “100 percent of the load had been recovered.”

In the first phase, the CFE, in coordination with the National Energy Control Center (Cenace), managed to repair the fault for 4.7 million users, while at 4:12 p.m. (10:12 p.m. GMT) the service was fully restored .

Airport and metro affected
The cut, which had different durations according to geographical areas, even affected Mexico City International Airport, the largest in the country, which had to operate with emergency power plants.

The metro, the capital’s transport system, was also affected on some lines, a service that has already been restored.

The failure in the network was due to an imbalance in the National Interconnected System, the main electricity system in the country.

The cut affected some areas of Mexico City and different states such as the neighboring State of Mexico, the northern Nuevo León or the southern Quintana Roo.

Cenace also considered the problem solved on its Twitter account.

Strengthening the sector
The Federal Electricity Commission, as a public company, is solely responsible in Mexico for the transmission and distribution of electric power in the country.

The current president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has assured that his objective is to strengthen the CFE after the opening of the electricity sector to private companies by his predecessor, Enrique Peña Nieto (2012-2018).

In addition, López Obrador, as part of his energy sovereignty plan, is trying to re-float the state-owned Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex), the world’s most indebted oil company.