1996 Peninsular Malaysia electricity blackout crisis

1996 Peninsular Malaysia Electricity Blackout Crisis

1996 Peninsular Malaysia electricity blackout crisis

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The 1996 Peninsular Malaysia electricity blackout crisis was a power outage in Malaysia. It occurred at 17:17 on 3 August 1996. The whole of Peninsular Malaysia including Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Putrajaya, Johor, Melaka and Negeri Sembilan plunged into darkness for several hours.

A transmission line near Sultan Ismail Power Station in Paka, Terengganu tripped at 5:17pm causing all power stations in Peninsular Malaysia to collapse resulting in a massive power failure. Supply was back to normal by 11pm.

The weekend power outage was the third in the past four years, and the worst since a 1992 blackout left Malaysia without electricity for up to two days. In the wake of that capacity-related stumble, the government moved to allow five independent power producers to enter the electricity-generation business. After this blackout, utility giant Tenaga Nasional's stock fell considerably.

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