With the installation of seven new Wartsila engines, Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) Chairman Donovan Moxey is promising no more load shedding.
“More than anything else, it means we have much needed capacity in our system,” he said at a ceremony following the launch of Station A at BPL’s Clifton Pier Power Station yesterday.
“So, come this summer, when peak demand is at 260 megawatts, we will have over 300 megawatts of available power. There will be an end to load shedding.
“This facility, along with other facets of our turnaround strategy, will help make load shedding a thing of the past for New Providence and that is something that we can all celebrate.”
This is not the first time Moxey has promised that there won’t be any load shedding. In April, he made a similar claim. Weeks later, residents on New Providence began experiencing near daily load shedding for six months.
Load shedding has plagued New Providence for years, with BPL having
consistently struggled to meet load demands, especially during the summer months.
Last September, several fires caused extensive damage at the Clifton Pier Power Station, adding to the existing challenges at the power company.
Moxey yesterday praised the $95 million Wartsila plant as a “game changer” for BPL and the Bahamian people.
“These seven new Wartsila state of the art engines will generate 130 megawatts of power and provide consistent, reliable power to the grid while minimizing our overall carbon footprint,” he said.
“Thanks to their versatility and ability to burn less expensive fuels, costs for our customers will go down as fuel savings expand. Most importantly, these engines dramatically increase our generation capacity. We’ll be able to take other units offline for repair without impacting our overall generation, as well as retire units that are less efficient and beyond their useful life.”
He added, “Everything that we’re doing at BPL is about righting the ship, fixing the problems that have plagued BPL literally for generations. The customers who are here represent thousands of Bahamians who have had to put up with an unreliable utility. It’s made it harder to do everything from running your business, to cooking dinner in your home. We recognize that and we are committed to fixing it once and for all.”