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BPL load shedding again

Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) carried out a load shedding exercise last night that left hundreds of customers throughout New Providence in the dark.

“At 7:55 p.m., BPL reported that manual load shedding began for…West Bay Street, Abundant Life Road, Gleniston Gardens, parts of Nassau Village and Sea Breeze, portions of Eastern Road and Bernard Road,” the company said in a post on Facebook.

“The load shedding will move in two hour cycles. BPL will provide updates as they become available.”

BPL noted, “As for a reason, an engine was taken offline for safety and environmental concerns.”

BPL conducted a similar load shedding exercise last month.

The company continues to experience challenges after several fires caused significant damage at the company’s Clifton Pier Power Plant last September.

This latest blackout comes after BPL signed a contract with Finnish technology group Wartsila to install a new 132-megawatt engine power plant at the Clifton Pier site that will cost approximately $95 million.

The installation is expected to be completed this year, and will lead to more reliable electricity supply and lower fuel charges on customers’ monthly bills, according to BPL officials.

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