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Ria Formosa islanders without power as temperature plummets

riaformosaThe National Civil Defence Authority today announced that it is helping get a rudimentary electricity supply to the Ria Formosa islands of Armona and Culatra as the EDP supply has been cut off since Thursday and depsite millpond conditions, technicans are unable to fix the cable due to 'bad weather.'

The Authority is working within its public interest remit and using helicopter transport to get three emergency generators to Armona and Culatra islands to linkm into the power supply that was cut off on Thursday afternoon at 3pm.

The break in the electrical supply was, according to the official explanation by the Civil Defence Authority, due to a problem with the power cable which runs underwater along the floor of the Ria Formosa.

The "unfavorable sea conditions did not allow the electricity cable to be fixed by EDP technicians," according to the National Civil Defence Authority.

The sea has been calm in the Ria area for the past two days and the only disturbance to normal island life has been the machinery used in the destruction of property under the Polis funded 'improvements.'

The generators are being transported by a Kamov helicopter and by the end of the day two of the three units should be in place "provisionally to provide power to the locals" until the cable problem is resolved.

"The Kamov that is carrying out the mission is operating from the permanent helicopter base in Loulé," explained the Association.

Fortunately there is a helicopter landing pad on Culatra for just such an emergency, built quite illegally by locals who despaired of ever getting official permission.

EDP estimated that the power will be back on by midday on Saturday as temperatures drop sharply to a winter time low brough about by the recent polar winds.


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-1 #2 Ed 2014-12-06 10:03
Using 'unfavourable sea conditions' as the reason for delay was immediately suspicious.

Our observer in Olhao said the sea was calm and there was zero wind so could not imagine serious conditions near the path of the cable.

So, the underwater cable may be damaged and EDP could not get it together to fix it as they might get wet, or

the damage is on land and EDP could not get it together as they are just slow, or

the damage is somehow connected to the recent demolitions, or

none of the above
-1 #1 Peter Booker 2014-12-06 08:25
Dear Editor
You imply that the failure in the supply of electricity and the demolitions are in some way connected. Any reasonable person would connect the two, because of the calm weather conditions.

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