BPL restores power to South Abaco

BPL restores power to South Abaco
BPL Headquarters

NASSAU, BAHAMAS- Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) announced yesterday power has been restored in South Abaco as crews continue to push north to restore electricity in the wake of Hurricane Dorian.

BPL underscored support from the Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC) in a statement detailing its progress.

“A mechanical component failed on the 1.8 megawatt CAT unit which had been used to provide power from the Wilson City Power Station (WCPS) to communities in the South,” the statement read.

“BPL was able to source and ship a replacement for the component which malfunctioned within short order, as well as an additional generator for installation at the site. The additional unit need only be connected to the grid and commissioned.

“With regard to the transmission line from Wilson City to Marsh Harbour, the remaining 65-foot poles are also on island. The team assigned to repair this line will continue works throughout this week replacing the 65-footers,” it read.

BPL also noted the line crew assigned to Spring City is making good progress, and expected to complete repairs this week.

“This area will await the completion of repair on the Wilson City-Marsh Harbour line before it can be returned to service,” the statement continued.

“This team is expected to begin construction on the line between Marsh Harbour and critical infrastructure: the hospital, the government offices, the airport, the sea port and the Water and Sewerage Corporation facility.”

Meanwhile, the CARILEC line crew (British Virgin Islands) assigned to Coopers Town began work in earnest on Friday.

The line crew cleared lines and stripping poles, and were joined by a digger truck on Saturday that began replacing the downed poles in Coopers Town.Two additional teams from CARILEC – one from Antigua and the other from Belize – are also already on island, according to the BPL statement, which noted another team from the Cayman Islands is expected to arrive later this week.

The Cayman Islands team will be assigned along with one of the Abaco-based contractors in Green Turtle Cay, BPL said.

“Poles and other material are being staged at the Treasure Cay Ferry Terminal for shipping over to Green Turtle Cay early this week. Our teams are working to directly provide power into the communities using temporary generator,” the statement added.