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BPL working through land use issues at regasification plant site

Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) is currently working through land use issues at Clifton Pier with an eye on having Shell build a regasification plant for the liquefied natural gas (LNG) that will be burned by the utility’s new engines in the future, Minister of Public Works Desmond Bannister told The Nassau Guardian on Tuesday.

Bannister explained that BPL’s chairman is currently working on solving the land use issues by talking to the companies that own the land where BPL and Shell plan to build the regasification facility.

The minister was speaking from the UK after visiting one of Shell’s regasification plants in Gibraltar.

“Shell has built a regasification plant here, which is similar to what they are going to be doing in The Bahamas,” Bannister said.

“I had a wonderful opportunity to tour the facilities, see what has been built and discuss with Shell executives what they are going to do in The Bahamas.”

The engines that will eventually burn the LNG arrived on New Providence this week and will be trucked to BPL’s Clifton power plant where they will be installed.

Bannister said he does not know when the machines will be able to burn the cleaner, more efficient LNG, because the land use issues that preceded construction need to be resolved first.

“There are challenges at Clifton relating to land, so we are working with Shell on land challenges,” he said.

“The land is owned by a number of different companies… the BPL chairman is negotiating with companies about the land.”

Bannister said he met with several government ministers while on his trip “who were gushing with praise about the professional manner in which Shell worked with them”.

He added that the plant he visited also had a challenge with a fire and was therefore forced to replace its engines, just like BPL has to at its Clifton station.

Chester Robards

Senior Business Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Chester Robards rejoined The Nassau Guardian in November 2017 as a senior business reporter. He has covered myriad topics and events for The Nassau Guardian.
Education: Florida International University, BS in Journalism
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