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GBPC appoints new VP of generation

Weeks after Emera closed an$82 million deal with the Grand Bahama Power Company(GBPC), the corporation announced the appointment of Whitney Heastie as its vice-president of generation.

Heastie will be in charge of the overall management of the generation plant of the company, bringing over 30 years combined experience in the industry. CEO and President of GBPC Alan Kelley said Heastie is the right fit for the position moving forward.

“Mr. Heastie’s appointment comes at an opportune time in the company’s development as it moves forward with its generation expansion plans,”Kelley said.”We are confident that his vast industry experience will aide in the smooth transition at the plant and we are pleased to have him join our management team.”

Heastie was previously employed with Jacobs Engineering Group, the third largest engineering firm in the United States, as director of process and environmental engineering, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. During his ten years there, he managed a staff of 87 persons and was responsible for ensuring that projects met the necessary Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)compliance standards.

He also served as process manager for ExxonMobil’s$700 million hydro-treater project, and lead process engineer for a major refinery($5 billion dollar)expansion. He was the principal process engineer respectively for both the British Petroleum, Toledo, Ohio Select Phase refinery upgrade to process Canadian extra heavy crude oil and Chevron’s(Pascagoula, Florida)Idea Generation and Development refinery and fuel realignment projects.

The new VP of generation said he is ready to lead the way forward through his new position.

“I am delighted to be a part of this team during this time with Emera being the majority shareholder owner of GBPC and I look forward to working with them and to providing the quality service to our customers that they expect and deserve,”Heastie said.”Our goal is to provide world class reliable energy service to our consumers and ensure they are satisfied with the service we provide to them.”

Earlier this month, Emera made an$82 million purchase of 55.4 percent of direct and indirect interest in GBPC. In 2008 they acquired a 25 percent interest in GBPC through its acquisition of 50 percent of the shares of ICD Utilities Limited(ICDU). Those transactions make the majority shareholder of ICDU.

Emera will finance the$82 million acquisition through existing credit facilities. GBPC is the only utility operator on Grand Bahama Island, serving 19,000 customers.

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