The Day A Monkey Caused A Nationwide Blackout In Kenya


Blackouts in Africa are truly not the most shocking of events.

A nationwide blackout however would be a little less common, even in the most energy poor countries and a nationwide blackout that is the direct result of a monkey’s shenanigans is definitely a unique story.

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That was the case yesterday in Kenya as a single rogue monkey caused a nationwide blackout in Kenya after it fell on a crucial piece of equipment.

The monkey had fallen on a transformer at the Gitaru hydroelectric power station on Tuesday, electricity provider KenGen said in a statement;

At 1129 hours this morning, a monkey climbed on the roof of Gitaru Power Station and dropped onto a transformer tripping it. This caused other machines at the power station to trip on overload resulting in a loss of more than 180MW from this plant which triggered a national power blackout.

The system has since been restored and all our power generating units are operating normally.

KenGen power installations are secured by electric fencing which keeps away marauding wild animals . We regret this isolated incident and the company is looking at ways of further enhancing security at all our power plants.

As can be seen from the statement, the transformer tripped and the result was the loss of 180 megawatts of power, which triggered a blackout across Kenya.

The power was restored four hours later and the monkey which survived its shenanigans was taken in by the Kenya Wildlife Service. Buisness Daily Africa’s website reported that some businesses suffered as a result of Tuesday’s blackout, but many had already installed generators following previous blackouts.

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If it will help your mood, maybe next time when the lights go out in your house, you can just imagine a monkey jumping about and falling on a transformer and believe that the appropriate authorities will handle it soon enough.