Despite earlier promises that the irritations accompanying electrical blackouts would end on December 6, 2010, the National Electrical Board (PLN) has announced that repairs on the Gilimanuk generating station will take longer than expected and consumers should expect blackouts to continue at least until January 15, 2010.
PLN officials blame the delay on their failure to install a rented back-up generator and the delay in delivery of needed spare parts which must be imported form abroad.
The Bali spokesman for PLN , Agung Mastika, has expressed his organization's apologies for the continuing inconvenience to the public and the likelihood that Christmas and New Year's festivities will be affected. Mastika explained: “whether we like it or not, rotating blackouts will continue over the Christmas and New Year period. However, if each of PLN's customers will try to save only 100 watts, I think the locations and the length of the blackouts can be reduced."
At least through January 15, 2010, electricity customers in Bali can expect that the current twice weekly blackouts for most Bali residents will continue.
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