Minister of Public Works Desmond Bannister said yesterday that equipment to implement a third cooling method for Bahamas Power and Light’s (BPL) new Wartsila engines at its Clifton Pier Power Station will be in the country and ready for installation by the end of this month.
Earlier this year, it was revealed that BPL was not and could not efficiently run all seven of its new engines at its Clifton power plant efficiently because it encountered a delay in the drilling of cooling wells, due to the density of the stone where they were being installed.
While work on the cooling wells continue, Bannister said yesterday that BPL is going to have three different methods of cooling.
“The cooling warehouse is one, but as all you all know we have closed our eyes to ground pollution down in that area for decades. So in addition to the cooling wells, they’re bringing in these high-tech radiators that are going to cost maybe $1 million or $2 million to be put in, that’s another cooling system that they have. And there’s going to be another connection to another station, so they’re going to have a tremendous amount of redundancy ensuring that those engines are cooled properly,” he told reporters outside the Churchill Building on Tuesday.
Work on those high-tech radiators, Bannister said, will begin as soon as they arrive in the country.
“They are made somewhere else and they are brought into the country. We anticipate them to be here before the end of this month,” he said.
BPL Chairman Dr. Donovan Moxey said in February that the delays in drilling the cooling wells were well within the corporation’s end-of-March timeline, when it was expected to have a full supply of water to run the plant.
BPL brought the seven new Wartsila engines powering Station A online in banks of two beginning in December, in an effort to space out the maintenance cycles.
The goal was to bring all the engines in Station A online at the same time in late April.