The power supply system of Buryatia, a district in Russia’s far east, reportedly suffered a major incident that caused almost the entire city of Ulan-Ude without power.
Other areas of the regions were also left without power too following the incident.
Power engineers were reportedly now considering switching the power supply to a backup circuit as an emergency measure.
The engineers said: “According to preliminary information, due to a power outage on the 220 kW line at the Gusinoozerskaya GRES, electricity was cut off in a significant part of the districts of Ulan-Ud.
“Power engineers are making a decision to switch the power to a backup circuit.”
Gazeta, a Moscow-based news site, reported that the incident was caused by a “major accident” to Buryatia’s power system, but it is unclear what the nature of the accident was.
But this is not the first time residents of the region have suffered a power outage due to an accident.
Back in Decemeber 2021, Russian news agency TASS reported that 95,000 people faced heating problems following an accident at a combined heat and power plant in Ulan-Ude.
This was due to a fire which broke out at the Combined Heat and Power Plant No. 1 in Buryatia’s administrative centre of Ulan Ude.
Its crisis centre said in a statement at the time: “The zone of limited heating now includes 1,120 homes (1,328 at the moment of the accident), 95,000 people (105,400 at the moment of the accident) and 83 social facilities (93 at the moment of the accident).”
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