Koh Samui lights back up, underwater electricity cable repaired

Photo via Facebook/โฆษกกองทัพเรือ (Royal Thai Navy spokesperson)

Electricity is back on Koh Samui and Koh Pha Ngan after an underwater cable supplying electricity to the islands was damaged. Yesterday, blackouts swept over both islands in the Gulf of Thailand off the Surat Thani coast.

Earlier reports say the cable was damaged by a Thai navy ship’s anchor, but now Provincial Electricity Authority district manager Jakkrit Meedet says the authority plans to hire a firm to conduct an underwater survey and determine how the cable was damaged.

The underwater cable runs from the mainland in Nakhon Si Thammarat’s Khanom district to Koh Samui. Apparently, the blackout was a “normal accident,” Jakkrit says.

During the blackout, mobile power generating trucks were used to supply electricity to affected areas.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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