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Major Cable Fault Blamed As New Providence Hit By Blackout

By LAMECH JOHNSON

Tribune Staff Reporter

ljohnson@tribunemedia.net

A “major cable fault” was the reason for an island-wide blackout that occurred Sunday afternoon, officials from Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) said.

According to a statement released by BPL’s public relations officer Arnette Ingraham, the cable fault “was responsible for shutting down generation, transmission and distribution networks on the island”.

She said that following an initial investigation, crews began restarting the failed engines and incrementally restoring supply to affected communities.

The blackout occurred shortly before 1pm.

“By 4.30pm, supply had been restored to approximately 70 per cent of BPL customers in New Providence and by 6.30pm supply was fully restored,” the statement said.

The statement added that BPL apologises to its customers affected by the outage on Sunday and a previous island outage that occurred on May 23.

“While neither outage was caused by a lack of generation capacity, BPL assures its customers that it is looking at all areas of its operation to improve system reliability,” the statement said.

Affected customers took to BPL’s Facebook page to vent their frustration.

One said: “The whole Carmichael is down. When will it be back up?”

“Thanks for an awful Sunday, still waiting in Carmichael to have power restored,” another resident said.

Some residents speculated on social media that a passing thunderstorm caused the outage.

The Bahamas Meteorology Department had issued a notice at noon of a mid-to-upper level trough that remained over the Bahamas and would continue to increase the chance of showers over the island.

Isolated showers and thunderstorms were expected in the afternoon for the capital while scatted showers and isolated thunderstorms were expected throughout the southeast Bahamas during Sunday night.

Comments

ThisIsOurs 3 years, 6 months ago

Well we'll probably never know the real problem, but we can be pretty sure what wasn't - Leslie Miller and Geoff Houston

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sheeprunner12 3 years, 6 months ago

I just love the way these PowerSecure white boys explain away BEC problem these days ......... so much more discreet and disarming than Potcake ........... but the results are still the same!!!!!!!

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B_I_D___ 3 years, 6 months ago

Do we have a new acronym for BPL yet? There were a few floating about for BEC...bungying every customer...bring emergency candles...gotta come up with some good ones for BPL...summer is upon us and I suspect nothing will change.

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B_I_D___ 3 years, 6 months ago

Before Power & Light? Beware of Power & Light? Bring Portable Lights?

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themessenger 3 years, 6 months ago

There is and old saying"You can't make a silk purse from a sows ear" BPL shareholders must be kicking themselves for getting in bed with the clusterF$%& that is BEC and the Bahamas government. These people haven't even had a chance to get their feet on the ground and the detractors and armchair electrical geniuses are twisting the knife. If any of you had ever seen the state of the equipment at Clifton Power station you would be asking yourselves how we had any power at all. The new managers have to work with what they have inherited until they can see their way forward and this means money, and lots of it. The rate reduction bond we the people will have to foot the bill for as a result of BEC's $600 million years of mismanagement and political interference will finance some of it but it won't be nearly enough so get used to the idea of rate increases coming soon and power cuts as usual until BPL can afford a big enough bandage to stem the hemorrhaging and a big enough shovel to move the shit.

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cmiller 3 years, 6 months ago

I just feel sorry for this company. They are just now realizing what a mess they inherited. This summer is shaping up to be no different than before. One lightning is seen and whole island's power is off!!! What's with that????

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cmiller 3 years, 6 months ago

And I hear they will soon hike up the cost of electricity.

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sheeprunner12 3 years, 6 months ago

Will the PLP government assent to a pay hike by PowerSecure??????? ........... if they do then it will be clear that the PLP was hiding behind this "new BEC" to maintain the status quo with a new set of foreign bosses ........... Perry and Brave have someone else to blame for their incompetence to really bring change to BEC to help the Bahamian consumer ........ increasing the base rates of our electricity bill is not ''change" or "reform"

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sheeprunner12 3 years, 6 months ago

Rumour says ............ electricity rates to be increased by 12-15%??????? ........ Bahamians need to BOYCOTT this friggin government ....... No taxation without accountability (to paraphrase the American Rebels)

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