BPL: Equipment failure caused outage

A recent power outage which affected nearly 50 percent of New Providence was caused by a “significant catastrophic failure” of a circuit breaker at a substation, Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) said yesterday.

“While initial reports indicated that the outage was caused by a cable fault at the company’s Big Pond 33kV substation, further investigations revealed that a circuit breaker suffered significant catastrophic failure and as a result the 33kV substation had to be isolated from BPL’s network. The Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) Fire Services were called to the site as a precautionary measure,” said BPL in a statement.

BPL said the outage occurred at 2:47 p.m. and affected residents in the Albany, Paradise Island, Gladstone Road, the Grove West, Cable Beach, East Hill, Collins Avenue, Bain and Grants Town and Big Pond areas.

It said power was restored to 20 percent of affected customers approximately an hour after the initial outage.

The restoration process was impeded by the need “to reroute feed services from the damaged Big Pond substation”, according to BPL.

But power was restored to the remaining customers by 11:21 p.m.

While BPL Chairman Donovan Moxey said he could not promise there would be no power outages for the holidays, he said BPL will work hard to ensure the quick restoration of power in the case of an outage.

“Where we are right now, we’re committed to keeping your power on,” said Moxey when reached for comment yesterday.

“The outage that was caused last night was an unexpected outage that was caused by a cable fault and those things can happen from time to time inadvertently. There’s no way I can promise that none of those things will happen again but I can promise that if something does happen that’s unexpected, BPL will bring all its resources to bear so that we can get the public’s electricity restored as quickly as possible.”

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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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