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BPL’s board approves budget for oil spill remediation

The board of directors of Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) has approved a budget for the remediation of oil that has been seeping into the ground and leaking into the waters of Clifton Pier for decades, BPL Chairman Dr. Donovan Moxey said yesterday.

Moxey, who was responding to question by the media following a press conference at BPL’s headquarters, said Shell North America has also partnered with BPL to carry out the remediation process.

“We have done the studies, we recognize what needs to be done,” said Moxey.

“The board has approved the budget for that cleanup and now we’re in the process of getting that started in conjunction with Shell, our partners.”

Shell North America, which won a bid to provide power for New Providence by constructing a liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant, is still in negotiations with BPL and the government regarding its future role as an energy and fuel supplier in the country.

Last year the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation’s (BCCEC) Energy and Environment Committee chairperson, Deborah Deal, warned that the existing and well-known environmental concerns at Clifton Pier must also be addressed concurrent to the proposed implementation of a new power plant.

Deal expressed optimism at the prospect of a mixed fuel system being built to power New Providence. But BPL has announced that the new LNG plant would be built at Clifton Pier, the site where oil had been left to seep into the ground and run off into the ocean for decades without correction.

Deal said the government and BPL have to make certain they explain where the new facility will be built and provide comprehensive details of the remediation plan for Clifton, including the time frame.

Last month, Minister of Public Works Desmond Bannister told The Nassau Guardian that BPL is currently working through land use issues at Clifton Pier, with an eye on having Shell build its regasification plant for the LNG that will be burned by the utility’s new engines in the future.

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 remediation of the land already owned and in use by BPL at Clifton Pier is an added hurdle for the company.

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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