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Fault at Clifton plant triggers BEC black-out

A power cut across New Providence yesterday morning was caused by an electrical fault on one of the lines at the Clifton Pier power plant, according to Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) Executive Chairman Leslie Miller.

Miller said the outage exposed issues with some of the electrical lines at the plant.

BEC technicians spent hours trying to fully restore power after the line tripped sometime after 8:30 a.m.

Miller said electrical restoration started sometime after 9 a.m.

According to a statement from BEC, the outage impacted BEC’s generation, transmission and distribution networks on the island.

While the cause was still being investigated, BEC officials said teams were immediately dispersed in the corporation’s effort to quickly restore supply.

Full restoration was achieved around 11:30 a.m., according to BEC officials.

Miller also provided some details after an initial assessment of the Clifton Pier power plant was done.

“One of the main lines between the Clifton plant and Big Pond tripped this morning.  That’s what caused it,” he said.

“And then all of that load went to Blue Hills (power plant) and Blue Hills tripped. So we isolated that line and they are trying to determine where it is on that line that the fault took place.

“We just have to figure out where these problems are. This has happened about three or four times in the last year. So we have to figure out where the problems are and deal with the matter. It appears to be an infrastructural problem. We are working on it.”

Miller said he hopes the public won’t have to suffer through another black-out.

“The corporation offers its sincerest apology to those customers who were impacted by the outage but assures them that it is carrying out investigations to prevent the likelihood of future incidents of supply interruption,” BEC said in a statement.

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