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Abaco to be fully electrified by March

Power is expected to be fully restored on Abaco by the end of March, Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) Chairman Dr. Donovan Moxey said yesterday.

“[W]e’re working on all the other parts of Abaco to bring back Abaco, back to being electrified by the end of March,” Moxey said.

“So, you can see in Treasure Cay, we’ve started some work already [with] the completion of that work within 11 weeks. We’ve also started work in Dundas [Town] and Murphy Town. In Guana Cay, we’re completing assessments and starting the work as well. So, as BPL, we’re committed to bringing Abaco back.”

Chunks of Abaco were decimated by Hurricane Dorian nearly five months ago.

The Category 5 storm caused extensive damage to power generation on the island.

Moxey yesterday described Abaco as “not only a setback for us as BPL but for the country”.

“But as BPL, as soon as the disaster happened, we began working,” he said.

“And we began working to the point that we focused on doing the work and we didn’t really tell people about what we were doing in terms of our successes.

“So, by the end of September, South Abaco was powered back on – from Wilson City down to Sandy Point.

“We’ve also gone and put in services in Crown Haven…all the way from Coopers Town in North Abaco by November, early November. We supplied the hospital and the government offices, again, by the end of November.

“Up to this Monday, the progress in Abaco is such that the Central [Abaco] Primary School is 100 percent up. So is the government treasury building. Spring City’s been electrified. The water and sewerage well field is now 100 percent up and running.”

In October, Minister of Public Works Desmond Bannister said BPL had spent more than $1.6 million in efforts to provide power to Abaco in the aftermath of Dorian.

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Jasper Ward

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

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