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Massive blackout affects tens of millions across Indonesia

Christian Fernsby |
A massive power failure has hit the Indonesian capital of Jakarta and surrounding cities, potentially affecting more than 30 million people.

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State electricity company PLN said the outage began at 11.50am local time (2.50pm AEST) when Gas Turbine seven at its Suralaya plant shut down.

Gas turbines 1-6 were then tripped and shut down too.

The company’s gas turbine plant at Cilegon then shut down too.

The blackout, according to early reports, could last at least six hours, but it was not clear if this information had come from the electricity company itself.

Jakarta’s train system and its underground metro, the MRT, has also stopped working.

The outage has affected the entire Greater Jakarta region known as Jabodetabek, which is a portmanteau of Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang and Bekasi and which is home to about 30 million people.

It also extends to parts of the neighbouring provinces of West Java and Central Java.

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