Bahamas Electrical Workers Union (BEWU) President Paul Maynard yesterday defended Bahamas Power and Light’s (BPL) move to continue seeking rental generation, however he expressed his view that it should “get rid of Aggreko”.
Last week BPL issued a request for proposals (RFP) for 25-40 megawatts over a period of one year.
BPL Chairman Dr. Donovan Moxey said the RFP for rental generation was issued because the company’s current rental generation agreement is set to expire.
Criticizing Aggreko as “lousy”, Maynard suggested it would be good for BPL to choose a different provider.
“At this juncture I guess they decided to get rid of Aggreko, which is a good thing, I mean, because we’re paying over 24 million and they’re lousy, simple as that,” Maynard said.
He added, “What I’m guessing they’re doing is they’ve decided that, ‘You know what? Let’s sever our relationship with Aggreko. The contract is probably up and [we’ll] try and get somebody cheaper.’
“Well, I mean, they have no other choice so I guess, you know, they have to do it. I agree that they need to get rid of Aggreko because I think that, you know, they’ve relied on them too heavily over the years…
“They’ve become almost a monopoly and that should never be.”
Aggreko has provided rental generation to BPL for years.
The company again provided rental generation to BPL last summer during rolling blackouts, which led to widespread frustration.
BPL Executive Chairman Patrick Rollins said that it would be the last time BPL requires rental units.
Last week, Bahamas Chamber of Commerce Energy and Environment Committee Chair Deborah Deal also urged the state power provider to move away from rental generation.
The deadline for all bids on the RFP is today at 4 p.m.