The mayor of Rio, Eduardo Paes, informed through his Instagram account that the Municipal Attorney General’s Office will take legal action against the energy concessionaire Light due to yet another blackout recorded, on Ilha do Governador, this Thursday. The power outage occurred around 10am on Thursday. Several neighborhoods were in darkness for almost six hours. Rio’s international airport, Galeão, is operating with generators. The company had informed, on Wednesday, that it would carry out scheduled maintenance only in sections of Jardim Guanabara, Portuguesa and Galeão. The City Attorney’s Office reported that it has gathered information to file a lawsuit against the company.
Light informed that the company’s technicians are in the region and that part of the supply has already been restored. The company also highlighted that essential services, such as health and safety units, and patients dependent on vital equipment, registered by the company, are maintained by the approximately 70 generators that the company has installed in the region. The distributor investigates the causes of the occurrence.
This Friday, the company carries out new scheduled maintenance. The power supply will be interrupted, in parts of streets in the Jardim Guanabara and Galeão neighborhoods, from 8 am to 6 pm. The intervention will affect the energy supply of Cel streets. Júlio Coimbra, Cinquenta e Dois, Bocaiúva, Cambaúba, Colina, Des. Martinho Garcêz, Gregório de Castro Morais, Luis Belart, Luis Vahia Monteiro, Rui Vaz Pinto, in addition to the Galeão, Caricó and Morro do Inglés roads – in addition to stretches of streets adjacent to these.
Traffic will be interrupted during the period on sections of Estrada do Galeão, at Praça do Avião, Rua Luis Vahia Monteiro and Rua Gregório de Castro Morais.
On Sunday, the energy supply on Ilha do Governador will also be suspended between 6am and 12pm to continue work on new distribution circuits that aim to increase the energy supply capacity in the region. According to Light, 94 of the approximately 100 poles planned for the region have already been installed and 33 km of electrical network out of a total of 50 km of power cables have already been laid.
As Extra showed, residents will have to learn to live with the smell of diesel and the noise of generators that are scattered throughout the streets in the region. The almost one hundred pieces of equipment rented by Light to maintain energy supply, mainly for essential services, should be used by the end of this year, when the replacement of faulty cables is expected to be completed. Meanwhile, residents face daily blackouts. On Sunday, supply will be suspended throughout the island from 6 am to noon for a new stage of works. Today, three neighborhoods will be affected. According to the concessionaire, these interruptions are temporary, in restricted sections for the execution of works, and residents are notified in advance.
Solution only at the end of 2025
Light states that it is making “every effort to accelerate the works that will bring the definitive solution” to Ilha do Governador and Ilha de Paquetá. The two areas will be “served by an extremely robust electrical system” until the end of 2025, says the concessionaire. In the case of Ilha do Governador, energy is taken from the mainland by six cables, divided into two transmission sets submerged in Guanabara Bay.