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Cause of BPL fires remains a mystery

Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) executives are remaining tight-lipped on the fires that damaged generators at the Clifton Pier Power Plant in September.

During a press conference at the company’s headquarters yesterday, BPL CEO Whitney Heastie was asked whether the cause of the fires has been determined.

“The government of The Bahamas would have gone ahead and initiated their own independent investigation,” Heastie said.

“Because that was initiated by the government of The Bahamas, we’re still waiting for the release of that report.

We haven’t gotten a release of that report yet, so that’s a question better asked [of] the minister.”

The first fire erupted on September 7 around 10:30 p.m. and caused damage to station C, which houses two of the company’s largest generators, prompting BPL to load shed throughout New Providence.

Firefighters responded to two additional fires in the same area days later.

While the first fire destroyed a generator at the plant, BPL said the second and third fires were minor and no additional damage was caused as a result.

The damage sustained caused a spike in consumer bills as the electricity company continued to grapple with generation issues.

Minister of Works Desmond Bannister said in January the results of a probe into the fires will soon be tabled in the House of Assembly.

The document has not been tabled yet, and Bannister has continually declined to comment on details from the report.

Sloan Smith

Staff Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Sloan covers national news for The Nassau Guardian. Sloan officially joined the news team in September 2016 but interned at The Nassau Guardian while studying journalism at the University of The Bahamas.
Education: Vrije Universiteit Brussel (University of Brussels), MA in Mass Communications
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