As Tropical Storm Dorian intensifies, Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) said it is “confident” that it has made sufficient preparation for the storm.
“Bahamas Power and Light Company Ltd. is confident that its preparations ahead of Tropical Storm Dorian have placed the utility in good stead as the storm continues its approach,” BPL said in a statement.
The power company said its overhead services department is reviewing all overhead transmission infrastructure “to confirm, per pre-hurricane season check, that the lines are free from trees”.
“They are also verifying the availability of contractors, former employees and others who can assist with restoration following a storm,” BPL said.
It added, “BPL has a hurricane procedure document that speaks to preseason activity; that is, all activities to be completed two months before the start of hurricane season.
“The document speaks to 60-hour notice, 24-hour notice, during-the-storm, and post-storm activities. At present, we are reviewing the preseason activities and working on the 60-hour notice activities at this time.”
The power company said it has activities “underway” that are designed to put BPL in “a state of readiness to respond to whatever exigencies may arise” as a result of the storm, hurricane or similar weather events.
BPL said it is canvassing docks to locate and secure BPL materials.
“The stores department is accelerating the shipment of parts to the Family Islands to ensure each BPL operation is fully stocked before shipping becomes unsafe,” the power company said.
“The department that deals with fuel is verifying the levels of fuel in the islands and determining which operations need topping up.
“We are checking substation sites, checking gutters, ensuring the removal of loose debris, and reviewing worksites to ensure that the safety of our staff and community is paramount. We are ensuring that our personnel are equipped with the relevant rain gear, first aid equipment and other PPE (personal protective equipment).”
Since early June, BPL has been load shedding across New Providence due to a 40-megawatt generation shortfall.