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Tavanir plants worker strike causes power blackout across Iran
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posted May 21, 2001 11:29
First strikes hit Tavanir plants across Iran
SMCCDI (Information Committee)
A power outage started this morning from 11:00 AM (Local time) following the beginning of an unprecedented strike in the famous Tavanir company.
Tavanir, the Governmental Electricity Production Company, has in charge the production and supply of the Electrical power in Iran and its command center is located beside the "Vanak" square on the "Vali-Asr" avenue (former Pahlavi) in Tehran.
Based on various reports, the strike started at the main production plants located across Iran which has created serious problem for the regime and its Military Engineering Corp. affiliated to the "Guardians of Revolution" Brigades.
By 1:30 PM the strike covered the Central, Northern, Southern and Western regions of Iran by paralyzing cities, such as, Tehran, Esfahan, Shiraz, Ardebil, Tabriz, Nowshahr, Rasht, Babol, Kermanshah, Qhazvin, Hamedan and Khorram-Abad.
Several main damages have been made to several plants by unknown elements which have created huge difficulties for the Military ingeniors trying to restore the power.
However, the regime was able to minimize the impact of the black out by restoring parts of the Energy plants, located near Tehran, after hours of repair and to give back to parts of Tehran its Electrical power.
The authorities are hoping to restore the full Electrical power distribution by Monday morning, but, the today's unprecedented strike is a clear message, by the Iranian nation, to the regime and its European and Japanese partners about the prospect of regime's future.
posted May 21, 2001 11:31
Iran hit with blackout after major failure on national grid
TEHRAN, May 20 (AFP) - Iran was working to restore its national power grid Sunday after an unspecified "incident" shut down most of the country for at least several hours, the worst blackout since the 1980-1988 war with Iraq.
State television said in an evening news bulletin at 7:00 p.m.that several provinces were still without electricity but that authorities would "normalise the power situation" by Monday morning.
Nearly two-dozen people were rescued by emergency services in Tehran from lifts or underground shafts after the grid failed nationwide shortly after noon (0730 GMT), state radio said.
The surprise blackout hit almost all the nation's provinces after what electricity officials, cited by the official IRNA news agency, said was an "incident" involving high-power lines in the north of the country.
They did not give further details but said there had been "large-scale blackouts" across much of the nation.
They said authorities were investigating the cause of the failure and that most power lines were back on the grid by 5:45 p.m. (1315 GMT).
The power failure closed down the Tehran metro for four hours, while emergency services had an hours-long backlog of calls to attend to once power was resumed, the radio said.
A spokesman in Hormozgan province said after the outages that high temperatures in the port city of Bandar Abbas -- it was 36 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) on Sunday -- were causing "problems for the people," IRNA reported.
Officials were calling on residents to cut back on electricity use.
The power failure comes as Iran readies for another hot summer, expected to turn into a third-straight year of punishing drought, with water levels at dams dangerously low.
Authorities have warned water rationing could be put into effect in Tehran, which uses around 20 percent of the nation's water but has only two percent of the national supply, while some curbs in the provinces are already in place.
posted May 21, 2001 11:33
Power returning after outage blankets most of Iran
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) May 20 - Power began returning to parts of the capital and other major cities Sunday, after a sweeping power outage left nearly all of Iran without electricity for several hours.
Outages were reported in Tehran and at least six provincial capitals that are among Iran's biggest cities: Isfahan, Shiraz, Tabriz, Kermanshah, Qazvin and Hamedan.
The blackout was caused by a power plunge at one of the main power distribution centers, Akbar Nematollahi, a top adviser at the Energy Ministry, said on Tehran radio without providing further details.
Nematollahi said the outage was ``nationwide'' and that only the eastern province of Khorasan and some parts in the southwest were not affected.
By about 4 p.m. power was restored in parts of Tehran and the provinces of Gilan, Khuzestan, Mazandaran, Lorestan and Markazi, he said.
``In the next few hours, we hope to reconnect the rest of the affected areas back to the power grid,'' he said.
Residents contacted by telephone by The Associated Press in several major cities reported they had lost power at about 1 p.m.
The blackout was unprecedented in scale. Outages were frequent during the 1980-88 war with Iraq, but they were never nationwide.
In Tehran, electric buses came to a halt and passengers were stranded when the single underground subway line also lot power.
Residents in high-rise buildings had to climb stairs to get out, or to get back into their homes. Some buildings pulled out generators, not used for years, to get elevators to function.
Cars piled up outside gas stations waiting for the power to return and get pumps working again. Even the Tehran radio was momentarily broken, before generators kicked in.
All times are PT (US)
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