Another fire at Clifton plant

A fire broke out at Bahamas Power and Light’s (BPL) Clifton Pier Power Station on Friday, BPL Chief Executive Officer Whitney Heastie confirmed yesterday.

The fire took place at station B at the power plant.

Heastie said, “We did have an issue on DA 13 (a diesel engine). They were switching DA 13 over to diesel from heavy fuel oil to bring the unit down, so when they had switched over, obviously diesel being lighter than heavy fuel oil the gasket obviously did not hold tight.

“It started to leak right on a manifold that was hot. Fortunately, folks quickly responded and were able to extinguish the fire.”

Heastie said the generator was back online within three hours.

He said there were “no impairments as a result of that fire”.

Asked if it will have a direct effect on any load shedding, Heastie said, “No. So, that was just dealt with. The seal was replaced on that unit. That unit is one of the units, the two units, you see running in Station B today.”

Last September, fire damaged BPL’s generators at Clifton.

The first fire erupted on September 7 around 10:30 p.m. and caused damage to station C, which houses two of the company’s largest generators, prompting BPL to load shed throughout New Providence.

Firefighters responded to three fires at the Clifton plant, in the same areas, just days apart.

Although an investigation into the fires was completed last year, the results have not yet been released to the public.

Earlier this month, Minister of Public Works Desmond Bannister said Cabinet has already reviewed the report.

However, he declined to divulge any details about the cause of the fires.

Bannister has said the government will release the results of the probe as soon as the government is able to.

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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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