The EAC warned Thursday that rolling power outages were ‘inevitable’ on Friday as workers stage a 12-hour strike over privatisations.
The EAC work stoppage is due to start at 7am and end at 7pm. EAC workers said they would hold a 12-hour strike with skeleton staff. However, a union leader said they could not guarantee uninterrupted power supply. It is possible “that power cuts will occur,” Andreas Panorkos said.
But in an even starker warning, the Transmission System Operator (TSO) said on Thursday night it could not rule out failure of the entire grid in the event of failure at any single power unit in operation during the day.
“The complete collapse of the system’s stability cannot be ruled out, which would result in a total blackout in Cyprus,” the TSO said.
On Friday the EAC will maintain operation of two steam turbines at Dekelia power station and two more steam turbines at Vasilikos.
Although the power utility would man essential departments to minimise problems, the EAC urged people to limit electricity consumption throughout the day.
The cabinet on Thursday approved a bill on privatisations with the four ministers belonging to coalition partners DIKO abstaining over a disagreement on the provisions.
In response, unions at state telecoms company CyTA, the electricity authority EAC, and the ports authority, announced 24-hour and 12-hour strikes for Friday.
The EAC has posted on its website the probable power cut schedule and the affected areas. (http://www.eac.com.cy/GR/Announcements/Pages/Ενδεικτικό.aspx)