BPL begins restoring power to more areas on Abaco

Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) announced yesterday that it has restored power to more areas of Abaco, as it continues its post-Hurricane Dorian restoration.

However, in a press statement, the company also highlighted that while power may be restored to the area, individual clients must still apply to the Ministry of Works to receive approval for power to be restored to their homes.

“We have re-energized our high voltage systems on Don McKay Boulevard (north) from S.C. Bootle to Bay Street, including the downtown strip,” the statement read.

“Customers in this area, who are prepared to receive supply, can make application to the Ministry of Works for the needed inspections and [are] to provide BPL with a copy of the installation approvals once received, so that supply can be made available.”

The amount of time it takes for a client to receive approval from the Ministry of Works, according to a BPL representative, usually depends on how many homes are needed to be inspected.

BPL also said that the Sweetings Village area has had power restored as of yesterday, meaning that clients in that area are also able to submit applications for approval.

Forest Drive/Murphy Town, from Friendship Church to Oleander Street, is scheduled to have power restored tomorrow, the statement noted.

Despite the Disaster Reconstruction Authority saying in February that power would be fully restored to all of Abaco by May, some parts of the island are still without electricity nearly nine months after the island was devastated by Hurricane Dorian.

BPL’s statement yesterday, however, also provided a timeline for when power restoration will begin in other areas starting in June.

“Treasure Cay will be restored in sections beginning with Ocean Boulevard, Madeira Park, Dommy Villa [and] Buckingham Beach, starting June 11, 2020,” it read.

It also noted that restoration of Murphy Town/Forest Drive, from Oleander Street to Ben Curry Drive, will begin on June 2; “completion of HV works and energization” in the Pelican Shores/Little Orchard will begin on June 12; restoration in Murphy Town Boulevard, from Forest Drive Way to Zion Baptist Church, will begin on June 21; and the southern end of Treasure Cay will begin on June 23.

According to the statement, BPL is also working on underground cable repairs in Hope Town – from White Sound to Abaco Inn; performing subsea cable tests in Guana Cay/Scotland Cay, Dickies Cay and Marsh Harbour/Guana Cay; and will be replacing subsea cables in Marsh Harbour/Matt Lowes Cay, from Matt Lowes Cay to Man-O-War Cay.

No timeline could be confirmed for when those works will begin or be completed, however.

Minister of Public Works Desmond Bannister also told reporters in April that he could not give a timeline for the full restoration of power to Abaco, as he suggested that BPL is challenged with a shortage of trained staff to carry out necessary restorations on the island.

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