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B.P.L. Tackles Power Failures In Eleuthera

By RASHAD ROLLE

Tribune Staff Reporter

rrolle@tribunemedia.net

BAHAMAS Power & Light (BPL) was said to be working to stabilise its power generation networks in Eleuthera last night following “several system failures on Monday and into Tuesday”, the company said in a statement yesterday.

The outages impacted people in North and Central Eleuthera, Harbour Island and some parts of South Eleuthera.

They also resulted in challenges at the Rock Sound Power Station on Monday afternoon and to the island’s main power station at Hatchet Bay later that night, the statement said.

It added: “Some customers would have experienced outages lasting less than 20 minutes while others would have endured much longer periods without supply.”

This comes as power outages have come less frequently in New Providence in recent days, compared to other times this summer.

Former State Minister for Environment Phenton Neymour claimed yesterday that the generation problems were the result of fuel shortage, alleging that the fuel shortage exists because BPL is short of money.

He added that similar problems were being faced by Bimini.

BPL denied his allegations. In a statement to The Tribune, the company said: “BPL crews on (Eleuthera) have assessed that the main issues relate to separate generation stability problems at both power stations over the past 24 hours.

“Supply was fully restored to all areas before 5pm on Tuesday. BPL is looking at the challenges in the past 24 hours and is looking at immediate and long term solutions to improve overall reliability to Eleuthera.”

As for Bimini, a spokesperson for BPL said: “We do not have any operational issues in Bimini at this time.”

Comments

Fitmiss 4 years, 7 months ago

I think no electricity for over 15 hours constitutes more than "much longer periods without supply." BPL is also responsible for the loss of many domestic and commercial electronic devices. Not only do we have to contend with hours of loss of electricity, but the electricity constantly dips or goes off and comes on numerous times. Get it together. Upgrade your infrastructure, switch to solar power, bring in persons who know how to maintain the equipment.

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