BPL sends 1,800-kilowatt generator to Abaco
A1,800-kilowatt (kW) generator was transported to Abaco from Exuma to power the southern part of the island, Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) said yesterday.
“Given that peak load for the area prior to the storm was around 2,000 kW, having this generator on hand will allow BPL to power South Abaco as soon as restoration and rebuilding have been completed,” BPL said in a statement.
The company added that it is still working to provide more generation to ensure that the load does not outstrip capacity during peak consumption.
BPL dispatched an 11-man team to Abaco to begin reconstruction in the south, and they have already planted more than one quarter of the electricity poles damaged after the passage of Hurricane Dorian.
The hurricane devastated portions of Abaco and Grand Bahama, flattening thousands of homes, snapping utility poles and killing at least 51 people.
“Up to Tuesday morning, the team had planted 15 poles of 53 required, starting at the Wilson City Power Station in central Abaco and heading south,” BPL said.
“The first step for the team was making the work area safe, which was the task undertaken on the morning of Saturday, September 14, the day after they got into Abaco.
“After making the area safe for themselves, the team got to work: eight poles were planted and dressed, with conductors (wires) strung, on Saturday, which the team is counting as day one of reconstruction. There were weather delays on the second day due to the heavy thunderstorm that swept through the islands, but the team recovered and still were able to plant four poles on Sunday, with conductors strung.”
Another team from Nassau is due in Abaco on Thursday to conclude assessments of the far north, which includes Cedar Harbour, Fox Town and Crown Haven.