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BPL struggles persist as power failures continue

By LYNAIRE MUNNINGS

Tribune Staff Reporter

lmunnings@tribunemedia.net

BAHAMAS Power and Light’s struggle to provide reliable electricity this summer continued over the weekend, with outages on various islands.

Days after a fire caused catastrophic fire to a power station in North Andros, BPL encountered problems with a station in Central Andros.

“One of the units at the Central Andros power station developed a problem,” said Arnette Ingraham, BPL’s communications manager. “As a result, there was insufficient generation to supply customers from Staniard Creek to Behring Point. A specialist team is at the power station now trying to return the unit to service. If they are successful, all customers will be restored.

“For clarity, our North Andros power station, which was destroyed by fire, supplies power from Morgan’s Bluff to Stafford Creek. Central Andros’ power station in Fresh Creek provides power to all customers south of Stafford Creek to Behring Point.”

BPL said load sharing in Eleuthera also increased because of heavy load volume. North and South Eleuthera residents experienced outages. A Harbour Island business owner said her island has had outages every day for two weeks, some lasting up to eight hours.

According to BPL’s Facebook page, outages occurred throughout New Providence, including in Chippingham, South Beach and Stapledon Gardens.

Last week, the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) said it is investigating BPL because of its struggle to provide reliable electricity.

Comments

Greentea 9 months, 1 week ago

BPLs poor performance is one of the many reasons I did not celebrate the 50th. That we cannot seem to generate enough power 50 years in is one of many national disgraces. We should be shame but even that don't work anymore. This company signifies everything that is wrong with this country. No projections, no plan.

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Porcupine 9 months, 1 week ago

Fire every useless URCA employee. They need to find a real job. URCA is an unnecessary drain on our valuable resources. BPL has already failed. Now, we are merely watching the house of cards fall.

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