Abaco Chamber of Commerce President Ken Hutton yesterday expressed doubt that Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) will be able to fully electrify Abaco by the end of March, noting that goal will likely be accomplished “closer to May or June”.
“BPL believes that they’ll have the island back [and] powered by March,” Hutton said.
“I haven’t seen that plan. That’s their plan so I will see what happens.”
He continued, “I just don’t know if it’s executable. I’ll take them at their word. They’ve actually been pretty spot on with their predictions so far. But, if we can get this island electrified by the end of March, I think that’s a huge step forward.”
Hutton said he hopes BPL will prove him wrong and meet its deadline.
Abaco was battered by Hurricane Dorian in early September.
The Category 5 storm caused extensive damage to power generation on the island.
On January 16, BPL Chairman Donovan Moxey said the power company was working on “all the other parts of Abaco to bring back Abaco, back to being electrified by the end of March”.
He described Abaco as “not only a setback for us as BPL but for the country”.
“But as BPL, as soon as the disaster happened, we began working,” he said.
In October, Minister of Public Works Desmond Bannister said BPL had spent more than $1.6 million in efforts to provide power to Abaco in the aftermath of Dorian.