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BPL: Power outage was due to mechanical failure

A major outage that occurred in “the wee hours” yesterday was not the result of loading shedding, Bahamas Power and Light Company (BPL) said.

“At 1:39 a.m., several engines tripped offline at the Clifton Pier Power Station due to a mechanical failure, which resulted in power interruptions in a number of areas,” the company said in a statement.

“Those engines were returned to service at 2:23 a.m., following the correction of that failure, and all customer supplies interrupted as a result of this trip were restored.

“BPL wishes to state that this was not a load shedding incident.”

BPL said it has “more than sufficient” generation capacity to meet the present and anticipated load demand.

“Even so, transient mechanical failures of the kind experienced early this morning still happen, particularly in island-configured systems like ours where we are not tied into an infinite grid,” it said.

“In such systems as ours, when a generator trips offline, it is often necessary to temporarily remove customer load from the grid to prevent a widespread outage.

“That is what occurred this morning and should not be confused with load shedding.”

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