KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (Reuters) – Malaysia’s state-run oil and gas company said on Thursday it would launch an investigation into the cause of a nationwide power outage, citing a water shortage that has caused shortages of water and power for days.
Malaysia’s energy and petroleum ministry said on its Twitter account that the company had been alerted to the water shortage and the utility would conduct a thorough investigation.
It said the power company had activated the hydraulic press for the first time on Thursday morning and the water supply was restored by 10:30 a.m.
The utility’s website said the company planned to restore power by 9 p.m (1800 GMT).
Malaysian President Joko Widodo said on Tuesday that water supply problems were due to the hydraulic presses, the country’s biggest and most powerful source of electricity.
“We have an enormous amount of water to restore and we are very anxious to bring the power back on and to bring back the people’s lives back to normal,” he said.
The outage in Malaysia has been caused by the water distribution system being overwhelmed by the large number of water pumps, water trucks and other equipment in the country.
The water supply is expected to be restored by late on Friday.
The blackout has been the worst in the world, causing an estimated 30 million people to lose access to clean water.
On Wednesday, the government imposed a water ban and cut water consumption for more than four weeks, cutting its output by more than half.