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Power outage hits Balkan states amid heat wave

Jun 21, 2024, 7:48:45 PMArticle by Iskra Pavlova
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June 21 (SeeNews) - A massive power outage affected most of Montenegro, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Croatia at midday on Friday as temperatures across the region soared to 40 degrees Celsius amid ongoing summer heat wave, Montenegrin electricity transmission system operator, Crnogorski Elektroprenosni Sistem (CGES), said.

Power outage hits Balkan states amid heat wave
Electricity pylons. Image credit: analogicus, Pixabay.

In the afternoon, electricity supply was restored across Montenegro, the head of CGES' national dispatch centre, Ranko Redzic, told a news conference, as seen in a video published by Mina news agency.

Redzic said that the power outage occurred at 12:25 local time, hitting all of Montenegro with the exception of northern regions, as well as most of the territory of neighbouring Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and a significant part of Croatia. It was the first time such an accident has occurred in Redzic's 30-year experience in electricity business.

"We still have no information what caused the accident," Redzic said.

He explained that such major regional or international disruptions in power supply are typically investigated by the European Network of Transmission System Operators (ENTSO-E), which will probably form a committee to investigate the reasons and prepare a report on the power failure.

Local daily Vijesti quoted Montenegrin energy minister Sasa Mujovic as saying on Friday that the power outage occurred as a result of a heavy overload of the power grid, a sudden jump in electricity consumption due to high temperatures as well as high temperatures themselves.

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