A break in the high-voltage line connecting Spain and France has caused a power outage in several areas of Spain, which has left hundreds of thousands of citizens without electricity for about an hour, according to Red Eléctrica sources have confirmed from Spain. Shortly before five in the afternoon, several areas of Catalonia, Madrid, Andalusia, Extremadura, Aragon, the Basque Country, Navarra or Murcia have been left without electricity. The incident has been resolved around six in the afternoon, they explain in Red Eléctrica.
“An incident with a seaplane has generated a problem in the French high-voltage network causing the temporary disconnection of the peninsula from the rest of Europe,” explains Red Eléctrica through its social networks. The public operator in charge of electricity transportation assures that “the problem is already solved, leaving the interconnection and the affected electricity supply in our country replaced.”
Red Eléctrica de España shows in its live statistics how electricity demand has plummeted just before 5:00 p.m. It has plummeted by nearly 2,000 megawatts in just a few minutes. It has gone from an expected demand of 29,900 megawatts, which until then was in line with actual demand, to falling to 28,062 MW.
The Iberdrola electricity group has reported through social networks that “an incident in the Red Eléctrica de España network and outside the IDE-Iberdrola Group Distribution network is affecting electricity service users throughout Spain. As soon as REE allows reconnection, the service will be restored ”.
The connection has been re-established in most of the affected areas within an hour of the outage. Hundreds of citizens have commented on the supply cut on social networks and #apagon has become trending topic (term most commented on the social network Twitter) in Spain.
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