By NICO SCAVELLA
NUMEROUS areas in New Providence were again without power yesterday despite assurances from Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) officials that residents would not experience service disruptions this week.
The Tribune can confirm three power outages that affected eastern, western and southern New Providence between 2am and 12.35pm yesterday, less than 24 hours after BEC spokesperson Arnette Ingraham expressed the corporation’s optimism in its power generation network.
Ms Ingraham said she received reports of power outages in the eastern and southern parts of New Providence shortly after midnight. She attributed the outage to “generation challenges” and said that customers’ power supply was reconnected by 5am.
Shortly after 11.45am yesterday, there were reports of power outages in areas of western New Providence. Ms Ingraham confirmed that parts of Coral Harbour, West Bay Street, Westridge, Orange Hill and the John F Kennedy subdivisions were affected between 9.15am and 10.55am. Ms Ingraham said this was due to “issues with one of the engines.”
The Lynden Pindling International Airport also suffered power cuts yesterday, the second time in five days. However, according to Ms Ingraham, the outage was due to a passing weather system and not a problem that generated from within the corporation. Lightning reportedly affected BEC’s substation in Windsor Field near the airport, resulting in a power outage that lasted for 53 minutes from 11.42am. Parts of Coral Harbour as well as Blake Road were also affected.
Ms Ingraham said the corporation is aware of the current faults in its system and that BEC is working to get the problem fixed.
“At this point BEC does have challenges on its generation transmission and distribution network that we are working to resolve,” she said. “We know the customers are experiencing outages, and if possible we would like these outages to be brief as possible and affect as few customers as possible.”
On Tuesday, Ms Ingraham told The Tribune that the corporation did not predict any challenges with its power generation network, although as a disclaimer she said that unforeseen challenges could cause temporary disruptions.
She said people hitting utility poles, substation issues or potential lightning strikes were among some of the things that the corporation deemed as “unforeseen challenges.”
Yesterday’s outages were the latest in a streak of power cuts that have affected the capital.