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Load shedding due to rental generators going offline

Several Aggreko rental generators tripped offline yesterday, forcing Bahamas Power and Light to conduct load shedding across New Providence, BPL Public Relations Director Quincy Parker said yesterday.

“While, at this point, all of those machines are back online, there’s still a bank of Aggreko rentals that is offline and that bank of Aggreko rentals represents 21 megawatts,” Parker said.

Without those 21 megawatts, he said, the company is once again under peak load.

“That’s why we’re load shedding,” he said.

“Even though we’ve brought GT10 back, because we have been running the other machines as much as we dare, because we need them, some of the output is maybe a little less than we would like on some of them.

“They need to be taken off for maintenance.

“We haven’t been able to afford to take them off for maintenance. So, once we can get past this load shedding moment – this is one of the reasons we are so excited about Station A – we’ll be able to take these machines off and do the deep maintenance that they need to be able to give us their best output going forward.”

Asked when the company anticipates the load shedding to stop, Parker said at the end of month.

However, he said, the company recognizes the possibility of machines giving out.

Parker also noted that BPL workers were able to restore GT10 online

New Providence was plagued with hours long load shedding this summer after BPL experienced a 40-megawatt shortfall.

BPL has historically struggled to meet the increased demand for electricity on New Providence during the summer months.

Last September, several fires caused extensive damage to the Clifton Pier Power Station.

BPL announced in March that Finnish technology group Wartsila will install a new 132-megawatt engine power plant at Clifton at a cost of $95 million to increase the generation capacity on New Providence.

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