The infamous boiler No. 7 at the Marsa power station was once again responsible for widespread power cuts yesterday afternoon.

The blackout happened at about 2.40pm when the ageing boiler tripped, with Enemalta engineers quickly resorting to power shedding to avoid damage.

An Enemalta spokeswoman said the fault at Marsa affected a number of localities, but power was full restored in less than 45 minutes.

The areas included Santa Venera, Birkirkara, Balzan, Attard, Lija, San Ġwann, St Julian’s, Sliema, Paceville, Gżira, Marsascala, Żejtun, Għaxaq and Żabbar.

In 2010, Boiler No. 7 was responsible for nationwide power cuts, earning it its own Facebook fan page with more than 6,000 members.

Several people expressed their frustration at the power outage yesterday, especially those who been looking forward to the start of the English Premier League.

“You wait three months for the football season to start again, the match starts and the electricity goes. Just perfect timing,” one person commented.

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