$90 mil. to restore power to Abaco

The restoration of electricity on Abaco in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian is set to cost the government $90 million in total, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said yesterday.

“Twenty-seven million has been spent to restore power in Abaco,” he said during the Bahamas Business Outlook 2021.

“When completed, the total cost to restore the electricity infrastructure will be approximately $90 million.”

Making landfall in September 2019 as one of the strongest hurricanes ever recorded in the region, Hurricane Dorian left devastation in its wake on Abaco and Grand Bahama.

More than a year later, many on Abaco remain without electricity.

In an update last week, Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) said work is being done to restore power in a number of areas.

BPL said Red Bay is expected to be connected to the power supply by the end of January, while trenching in the Eastern Shores area, to lay ducts for BPL and communications companies, had resumed following a break for the holiday period.

In the cays, BPL noted that Guana Cay is expected to be fully restored by the end of January.

Three transformers still need to be energized on Scotland Cay, one on Dickies Cay and one on Matt Lowes Cay.

BPL said most of Elbow Cay has been restored with the exception of Friars Mango and Big Hill in White Sound.

On Man O’ War Cay, the northern end is the last area still awaiting restoration.

“Teams worked this period to confirm the health of transformers and cables in this area of the cay,” BPL said.

“Work to repair the subsea section of cable servicing the north has commenced.”

On Lubbers Cay, BPL said teams are still testing and repairing damaged cables and transformers.

BPL said the subsea cable back to the mainland is damaged.

“The affected section of the cable has been identified and crews are being mobilized to replace a section of the subsea cable,” BPL said.

“Lubbers Cay is also the jumping-off point for other cays to the south (Tilloo, Channel, Cornish Cay).”

While the subsea cable to Garden Cay has been energized, BPL said additional work is required on the cay to prepare for the connection of customers.

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Rachel Scott

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

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