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Generators To Arrive At Bec - But Miller Not Sure If They Are Enough

BEC Chairman Leslie Miller

BEC Chairman Leslie Miller

By SANCHESKA BROWN

Tribune Staff Reporter

sbrown@tribunemedia.net

THE first set of rental generators secured for the Bahamas Electricity Corporation will arrive this week, reducing the chance of blackouts during the summer months, according to BEC Executive Chairman Leslie Miller.

The generators will be rented for about six months at a cost of $8m. Mr Miller also said the rented generators use less fuel, which will mean a decrease in light bills over the summer.

However, Mr Miller said, with Baha Mar now fully on BEC’s grid, he is “not sure” if the 40 megawatts of power the generators will provide will be “enough”.

His comments came after residents in eastern New Providence were without power for more than eight hours over the weekend when a substation on Prince Charles Drive went offline.

“Around 7pm (Saturday), a fault occurred in the Winton transmission system at the substation on Prince Charles Drive. The BEC crew worked throughout the night and most of the power was restored around 1am on Sunday,” Mr Miller said yesterday. “However, we still have not determined what the problem was, all we know is there was a fault in the lines. When they tried to bring the system back, it created other problems.”

However, Mr Miller said, BEC completed negotiations with Aggreko – the world’s largest temporary power generation company – for the rental of equipment that would provide an additional 40 megawatts of power, which, he said, would be in place over the next month.

“The equipment will be here this week and we will have about 40 megawatts of power added to the system over the next 30 days. However, I am not sure this will be enough to get us through the summer. It was suggested that we needed at least 60 or 90 megawatts but that was decided against by some people,” Mr Miller said.

“The problem is, if something goes wrong or a machine shuts down, that will not be enough power to keep the lights on. So as a precaution I asked the company to send an extra 20 megawatts of standby power that we can use in case we need it. “At full speed, Baha Mar uses 16 megawatts so that leaves us with only 24 extra, if we only get the 40 megawatts and that will not be enough.”

Mr Miller called the rentals a short-term fix and said the only solution to BEC’s power generation issues is for the government to complete the process for BEC’s proposed reform.

The government has said it intends to select a company to take over BEC’s management. Although that process was initially expected to be completed by the end of 2013 or early 2014, Prime Minister Perry Christie has not announced the final decision.

Comments

newcitizen 4 years, 2 months ago

These new rented generators may use less fuel, but they also cost a lot of money to rent, so don't expect your power bill to go down anytime soon. As well, the price of oil will likely rise as we enter summer. You should expect rates to break $0.50 a kWh when it does.

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proudloudandfnm 4 years, 2 months ago

Will the laziest, most useless PM we've ever had please get off his ass and tell us what the hell he's planning???????

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Cobalt 4 years, 2 months ago

He's planning carnival. I thought you knew.

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SP 4 years, 2 months ago

Planning my butt. This dancing clown said he had plans to resolve crime from day one.

Anyone found out or thought to ask him exactly what "day one" translates to in our language?

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GrassRoot 4 years, 2 months ago

Miller is a loser too. I mean come on. YOU R THE MAN IN CHARGE!!! Why don't you do it right in the first place?

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Mayaguana34 4 years, 2 months ago

Team of professionals and they can't figure out if the rental generation is sufficient? surely you jest! #firemiller #sellbec

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Greentea 4 years, 2 months ago

Mayaguana31 -My question exactly. Miller's favorite words should be "no comment" but he has never seen a reporter or photo-op he didn't like - so instead he sputters off BS that really demonstrate how clueless he is and they are.

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Emac 4 years, 2 months ago

Of course they are not enough because my f-----g power just turned back on after being off for over 4 hours. SMFT! This banana republic!!!

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Stapedius 4 years, 2 months ago

Total bs. Why do we insist on doing patch work all the time? There needs to be a comprehensive plan or just get rid or it. If we're going to get raped on energy bills at least let us enjoy a lil AC.

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duppyVAT 4 years, 2 months ago

But wasnt the PM and DPM working on a long term BEC solution recently???????? ......... BOL

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TheMadHatter 4 years, 2 months ago

Isn't there a circus somewhere searching for these two lost clowns?

TheMadHatter

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BahamaPundit 4 years, 2 months ago

Why hasn't BEC been sold by now? Surely where there is such a ravenous demand for a product and captive markets such as Bahamar and Atlantis, any company would jump at the chance. If you can't make money from such a lucrative business as energy/electricity, when you have a complete monopoly, zero competitors and infinite demand for your product, you should get out of the business period. Get rid of it! Sell it at a fire sale price! I'm beginning to wonder if the reason BEC was not sold is that the purchasers would not agree to buying oil from PLP cronies at extortionate prices.

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watcher 4 years, 2 months ago

You make an excellent point. I'm sure the reason we haven't seen any decrease in our energy bills in the last few months as oil prices dipped, is that BEC still pays the Snake top, top, dollar for his oil. And of course, he shares the excessive profits with his fellow cronies, so everyone's happy except us, the poor public

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