Power outages were reported across Israel on Monday
Reports of power outages in Israel on Monday caused panic as users on social media posted videos of complete blackouts in multiple cities. Kan 11 (Channel 11) – Israeli state-owned free-to-air television channel – quoted the CEO of Israel Electric Corporation Meir Spiegler as saying that the two production units collapsed.
Several social media users initially suspected that a cyberattack was behind the outages. However, Spiegler confirmed that the cause for the collapse of the units is currently not known.
“The source of the power outages is the collapse of two production units, at the Rabin station and Eshkol, the cause is still unclear and the fault is under treatment. At the beginning of the problem, there were 150,000 people disconnected throughout the country, currently most of them have electricity back and 34,000 remain disconnected,” Kan 11 quoted the official.
“This break caused loadshedding that caused power outages in a number of locations across the country. Alternative production units went into operation and electricity returned to most of the outages.”
“The faults reported by consumers across the country are not the result of a cyber attack , but a fault in a production unit that supplies 250 megawatts. The system carried out ‘load shedding’ and now new production units are being brought into operation in order to overcome the fault. In some places the electricity has already,” it added.