Grandfather And Grandson Caused Island-Wide Outage

THE TWO men who caused an island-wide power outage when they were shocked by power lines are expected to leave the hospital later today, Princess Margaret Hospital officials told The Tribune.

The power outage occurred last night after the ladder the two men (said to be grandfather and grandson) were using came into contact with a 33 kilovolt, overhead line, according to a statement released by the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC).

The statement said the malfunction of a protective relay - which would have isolated the fault in the system - caused BEC's entire system to trip offline, causing power to fail throughout New Providence.

They apologised to New Providence customers for the incident.

BEC said:

"The Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) advises its customers in New Providence that it is working to restore supply to all areas following an island-wide outage on Wednesday, May 30th, 2012.

At 6:45 a.m. more than 50% of customers were back on supply and BEC expects to continue the gradual reinstatement of electricity supplies until all customers are returned to BEC’s supply grid.

The island wide outage occurred shortly after midnight when two men, employed with a private company, were working on a building in the Prince Charles Drive area. During their work, an aluminium ladder came into contact with one of BEC’s 33Kv overhead lines. As a result both men were injured and rushed to hospital by ambulance.

In instances where contact is made to a major overhead line, a protective relay would have isolated the fault. However, in this particular situation the protective relay malfunctioned resulting in BEC’s entire system tripping offline; this includes its generator units at both the Clifton Pier and Blue Hills Power Stations.

BEC crews went to the site on Prince Charles and were able to repair the damaged line; however, other challenges resulted in a delay in commencing the re- energization of those critical generator units. BEC explains that once units go offline, it can take some time to make them fully operational again. Further, BEC was challenged with the shutdown of all units at both its power stations.

The Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) is a government owned public corporation which is committed to providing customers with safe,

reliable electricity in a most cost-efficient manner. BEC, the premier provider of electricity in The Bahamas, operates generation,

transmission and distribution systems throughout the archipelagic nation. The Corporation operates 30 generating plants in 25 island

locations and has more than 100,000 customers.

The Corporation continues to request the patience of those customers, who remain without supply, as it works diligently to bring those generator units back online. Already, several units are operational and BEC continues to re-energize major generator units at both the Blue Hills and Clifton Pier Power Stations.

As units return to service, more customers will be brought on supply until the restoration process is complete.

At this point, the Corporation offers its sincerest apology to those customers who have been without supply over the past several hours. BEC assures its customers that it is working diligently to complete the restoration process as soon as possible and expects complete the island wide restoration before 8 a.m. on Wednesday, May 30th, 2012."



henny 7 years, 4 months ago

Your headline states ELECTROCUTION CAUSED ISLAND-WIDE OUTAGE. My first thought would be someone died. Further down into the article it is stated "The Island-wide power outage was caused when two men working near power lines were executed according to a statement released by BEC. Then it states the two men were injured and taken to the hospital. The definition of ELECTROCUTION: Killing with electrical shock. To execute by means of electricity. Electrocute: To kill with electricity.

I sincerely hope the two workers are going to be o.k.


KC1000 7 years, 4 months ago

The headline says Electrification, not Electrocution. You probably misread. You should double check things before you go public.

As for the workers, I also hope they are ok. My prayers are with them.


TalRussell 7 years, 4 months ago

This is the same malfunction of a protective relay to prevent the oil drilling disasters which should but will not would protect Bahamaland's waters, that scares the hell of me? PM Christie stop the toxic oil sludge's before they wash ashore?

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carlh57 7 years, 4 months ago

This makes one wonder.
With the start up of Baha Mar, how in the world is BEC going to be able to support something that huge with such an amateurish run company and under producing power grid? I feel sorry for Baha Mar (or any company moving here) as they have tried to bring growth to this country and are met at every turn by resistance and inefficiency. The very infrastructure that is supposed to supply power can't even keep their workers from screwing things up?! The Bahamas gets what we deserve, nothing.


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