Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) could have a liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility by the end of 2021, the company’s Chairman Dr. Donovan Moxey told the media yesterday.
Speaking during a press conference at BPL’s Clifton Pier power plant yesterday, Moxey said the development of the LNG facility by Shell North America is the third phase of the BPL board’s generation turnaround strategy.
The development of this facility could also mean Shell North America is another step closer to taking control of power generation for the island of New Providence, though BPL executives would not give a definitive timeline for that handover.
Moxey said though that BPL’s board has developed a phased approach to fixing New Providence’s power woes.
The first phase is the development of 132 megawatts of power at Clifton Pier with the seven new Wartsilla engines that are currently being installed, and the second phase calls for another 90 megawatts of power to be developed, which could be available by mid-2021.
The third phase is the tie-in of LNG to BPL’s fuel use.
“With the completion of this (LNG) facility, the Shell power plant as well as BPL’s remaining generation assets will all have access to LNG,” Money said.
“Our customers will immediately see the benefits of a cleaner, less expensive and more
environmentally sustainable fuel source as the foundation of our energy supply in New Providence.
“In addition to traditional power generation facilities, we are excited about our push into renewables.”
Money explained that over the next four years, BPL will phase in renewable energy using photovoltaic technology on the Family Islands and New Providence.
According to Moxey, requests for proposals have already gone out for some of the Family Islands, including Bimini and Andros.