Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) Chairman Dr. Donovan Moxey said yesterday that the company hopes to begin construction of a new Station D at the Clifton Pier Power Station within the “next several weeks or so”.
“Well, right now we’re in the midst of completing the negotiations for the contract for the vendor or the procurement company for that, and so we hope to have negotiations finished within the next several weeks or so; and as soon as those negotiations are completed, then we’ll get started,” Moxey told reporters on the sidelines of a ceremony for the launch of a new GE engine at BPL’s Blue Hills Power Station.
As he identified a portion of land at the Clifton Pier station known as the “brownfield site” where the new station will be built, he said: “One of the things I can say we have done is we’ve started to begin the environmental impact assessment (EIA) and all of those things that are required prior to construction.
“So those things have started already.”
He added, “But when I talk about EIA, I’m talking about what we refer to as the brownfield site.
“That’s the site right next to Station A, so that’s where Station D is going to. So for us we’re going through the process of the EIA, everything that’s necessary in order to secure the work permits – the construction permits, rather – in order for us to build Station D.”
In January, Minister of Public Works Desmond Bannister said that $70 million raised by the planned rate reduction bond would be used to build another 90-megawatt plant at Station D at Clifton, as the company revealed that it intends to sell Station A and Station D to Shell North America.
Another deal between Shell and BPL was for the installation of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant, which Moxey said is “in progress”.
He said the chosen location is “near” to the brownfield site, but he did not disclose exactly where.
“It’s near to that area,” he said.
“I’m not at liberty to say exactly where its location is, but it’s within that area because we looked at being able to supply gas to the power plant. You want to have something that’s in proximity to where it is you’re building the power plant.
“So, yeah, that’s well in progress.”