Hundreds left without power after 'feeder trips'


Tribune Staff Reporter


HUNDREDS of families were left without power in New Providence for about six hours yesterday as Bahamas Power and Light grappled with “feeder trips”.

In a post on its Facebook page yesterday morning, BPL said it was aware of outages affecting parts of the island and apologised for the inconvenience.

BPL said Blair Estates, portions of Eastern Road, Deal’s Heights, High Vista, Mt Vernon, Melvarc Subdivision, Premier Subdivision, Jerome Ave & side streets, AID, Marathon Road from Wulff Rd to Robinson Road, a portion of Marathon Estates, Cable Bahamas, a portion of the Prince Charles Shopping Centre, Gleniston Gardens, Hillside Park, Sea Breeze, East park Estate, and surrounding areas had no power due to feeder trips.

“At this time no estimate on restoration is available,” BPL said initially.

Yesterday afternoon, the public power provider said some areas had been restored including Cable Bahamas, a portion of Prince Charles Shopping Centre, Gleniston Gardens, Hillside Park, Sea Breeze, Prince Charles Dr, East Park Estate, and the surrounding area.

“Emergency maintenance was being conducted to the transformers supplying these areas. Updates will follow as more information is available,” BPL said.

At 6pm, there had been no further statement leaving it unclear which areas had been reconnected.

Customers sounded off about their dissatisfaction as their power was off for about six hours and the inconvenience this caused. Hundreds of irate comments were left under BPL’s Facebook post.


joeblow 2 years, 4 months ago

The wind blows or it rains and the power goes off. Thank God it was cool yesterday!


JokeyJack 2 years, 4 months ago

"Feeder trips" - cool - sounds like a new face on an old problem. At least it's something new, takes away the boredom - LOL


John 2 years, 4 months ago

And as the hotels and other tourist related businesses come back on stream... hmm


benniesun 2 years, 4 months ago

Emergency maintenance equals something that should have be planned and carried out under the regular maintenance program was not done, and it has become critical and has to be done right away to prevent failures. Keep in mind that these are the folks who are trying to borrow hundreds of millions of dollars which we will have to repay. We are at a very critical time and the best have been politically sidelined for the mediocre. Shall we say... welcome to our demise.


bahamianson 2 years, 4 months ago

BEC always has an excuse. It is a pathetic organization. Please everyone, secure your dogs and cats, if they walk pass BEC, the electricity will go off. When it rains , one has to hold his breathe.


Topdude 2 years, 4 months ago

Were any of the workers under the influence of marijuana? Were any of the workers under the influence of alcohol?

It is an abomination to countenance the knowledge that this type of behavior is going on in this critical utility and nothing is being done to stop this.

What is happening in our nation? What is happening with the culture of our organizations? Clearly there is no respect for rules and regulations? Where are the managers and supervisors? It does not take a genius to put in place policies and procedures to drug and alcohol test the employees? Or is it the case that everyone, rank and file workers, supervisors and managers are all loaded.

If this is going on at BPL is it safe to assume that this type of behavior is taking place in other organizations?

And this might be the reason why there is an outcry to legalize marijuana. The next demand will be to allow a room at the workplace to smoke marijuana.


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