Mitchell lambasts Bannister on BPL
Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Chairman Fred Mitchell yesterday lambasted recent comments from Minister of Public Works Desmond Bannister that Bahamas Power and Light’s (BPL) performance so far this summer has been better than it was during any of the summers under the PLP.
“While the Bahamian people were sweating away in the heat from BPL’s load shedding, the minister’s best defense was that it was worse under the PLP,” Mitchell said in a statement.
“This is so tiresome now. The fact that people have no power today has nothing to do with the PLP.
“This is entirely the doing of the FNM.”
Over the past week, many Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) customers on New Providence experienced frequent power outages, some lasting hours.
Power cuts continued yesterday, with many areas impacted amid scorching temperatures.
BPL has historically struggled to meet the increased demand for electricity on New Providence during the summer months.
Although BPL Chairman Dr. Donovan Moxey said on Monday that some relief is expected by the end of this week with the installation of rental generation units, he noted that load shedding is possible until much later this year when the installation of a new power plant at Clifton Pier will be complete.
The company announced in March that Finnish technology group Wartsila will install a new 132-megawatt engine power plant at a cost of $95 million to increase the generation capacity on New Providence.
The engines arrived last month, but the plant will not be in use until October, according to officials.
Mitchell claimed that the PLP left a plan in place to address the electricity issues on New Providence, but it was canceled by the FNM.
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