Argentina faces massive blackout amid deepening economic crisis


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Argentina faces massive blackout amid deepening economic crisis

On Sunday, the 16th of June 2019, Argentina alongside much of its neighboring Uruguay and Paraguay had faced a nationwide power outage, disrupting businesses, drilling rigs, stores, traffic lights, internet connection and a many more, while Argentine President, Mauricio Macro had called the country-wide power outage unprecedented and pledged a thorough investigation.

According to the Argentina’s Energy Secretariat, Argentine power grid had collapsed by GMT. 11.00 (7 AM local time), while the outage had also affected much of its neighboring Uruguay and Paraguay alongside Argentina’s largest oil refinery, YPF’s La Plata.

Followed by the mass-scale outage on a Father’s Day, Macri had been quoted saying that the outage had been caused by a failure in the country’s costal grid, however, officials had yet to find out the cause of the outage.

Besides, the Energy Company, Edesur Argentina had labelled the outage ‘exceptional’ and said that it might take another day to return electricity to all of its customers. As beforementioned, the massive outage had hobbled oil drilling and refining of one of the world’s most crude-rich shale, La Plata, while water supply had also been cut off alongside phone lines.

Aside from that, an official of Argentine state oil company, YPF had been quoted saying that the La Plata refinery, a critical source of revenue for Argentina’s wobbling economy had been shut down since the power outage.