ABACO, BAHAMAS — More than a year after Hurricane Dorian, power has returned to all of mainland Abaco, according to Bahamas Power and Light (BPL).
In an update released yesterday, BPL said it was “pleased to announce that all of mainland Abaco is now powered from two sites — Coopers Town Power Station (CTPS) and Wilson City Power Station (WCPS)”.
“CTPS is now energizing overhead lines from Crown Haven to Leisure Lee,” the company said.
“On January 21, Red Bay Subdivision became the last mainland settlement to have power (or access to power).
“It should be noted that the power is now available and accessible across the mainland [but] it is up to customers and the Ministry of Works to ensure that customers are able to connect to the power that is now available.”
According to the update, work has been completed on Scotland Cay, Garden Cay and south Man-O-War Cay, which has “only two TXs remaining for full restoration”.
Subsea cables from mainland Abaco to Matt Lowe’s Cay have been energized as of January 25, and subsea cables from mainland Abaco, WCPS, are now feeding Matt Lowe’s Cay, Man-O-War Cay and Scotland Cay.
BPL outlined areas on north and south Abaco; central Abaco, including Marsh Harbour; and cays including Great Guana Cay, Moores Island, Little Grand Cay, Green Turtle Cay, Elbow Cay and Man-O-War Cay have been restored.
However, it reminded customers that “in some of these areas, meters were removed from damaged buildings that must receive the relevant inspections and installation approvals before we are able to safely restore the supply”.