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BPL rental generation still not fully installed

Rental units intended to provide some relief from continued load shedding on New Providence are not yet all online, Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) Director of Public Relations Quincy Parker said yesterday.

After days of power outages across the island, BPL Chairman Dr. Donovan Moxey announced last week Monday that the 25 megawatts of rental generation would be installed by the end of last week.

However, up to press time yesterday, only some of the rental units were installed and in use, Parker said.

For well over a week, including this past weekend, customers across New Providence have been experiencing power outages, some lasting hours at a time, in what BPL initially said was a planned load shedding exercise.

It was revealed last week that the generation issues stemmed from engine problems at both the Blue Hills and Clifton power stations.

BPL has historically struggled to meet the increased demand for electricity on New Providence during the summer months.

Last September, several fires caused extensive damage at the Clifton Pier Power Station.

BPL announced in March that Finnish technology group Wartsila will install a new 132-megawatt engine power plant at Clifton at a cost of $95 million to increase the generation capacity on New Providence.

Though Moxey said that some relief is expected with the installation of the rental generation units, he noted that load shedding is possible until much later this year when the installation of the Wartsila plant is complete.

The engines arrived last month, but the plant will not be in use until October, according to officials.

Rachel Knowles

Staff Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Rachel joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2019. Rachel covers national issues.
Education: Virginia in Charlottesville, BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish
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