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BPL struggles to find parts for old generators

Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) Chairman Dr. Donovan Moxey said the discontinuation of old generator parts has made it challenging to maintain and repair the power company’s aging equipment.

While noting that the oldest generator in BPL’s inventory dates back to the 1960s, Moxey said, “I mean if you don’t have the parts available to you right away obviously you can’t repair it. I mean you can use the analogy of your own car.”

He continued, “If you run a used car and sometimes you go to the manufacturer or the dealer and they say to you, ‘Hey, that car is so old [and] the parts are not there.’

“So, you have to try to source the part from other areas and that takes time. So, on a scale perspective, we pretty much run into the same kinds of issues.”

Asked if that makes maintenance and repair challenging, Moxey said, “It does.”

He said BPL “has been doing a pretty good job” at finding parts for the generators.

“What I would say is that we make a deliberate attempt to be able to source these parts as quickly as we can.

“And again, depending on age of the generator, depending on a number of different circumstances, there might be some difficulty in locating parts in a timely matter because obviously we want to get the generators on as quickly as possible.”

BPL has struggled to keep the lights on in recent weeks and has engaged in load shedding on New Providence.

On Thursday, Moxey told The Nassau Guardian that the company is not experiencing a crisis.

Jasper Ward

Staff Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues.
Education: Goldsmith, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice
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