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In a press release from the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) adverse weather conditions in the area which led to severe salt spray caused damage to several pieces of equipment and a number of out­ages from November 6 through 8. The statement said that the equipment had to be repaired and cleaned before sup­ply could be restored. Treasure Cay Crash Fire & Rescue assisted by washing excess salt off transformers in several areas be­tween Treasure Cay and Cooper’s Town.

Fault shuts down Wilson City Power Plant in early November outages

In a press release from the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) adverse weather conditions in the area which led to severe salt spray caused damage to several pieces of equipment and a number of out­ages from November 6 through 8.

The statement said that the equipment had to be repaired and cleaned before sup­ply could be restored. Treasure Cay Crash Fire & Rescue assisted by washing excess salt off transformers in several areas be­tween Treasure Cay and Cooper’s Town.

A source at BEC said that the South Abaco Feeder developed problems and subsequently there was a ‘fault’ at a nearby substation.

The fault caused a shutdown of the Wilson City power plant and when they at­tempted to restore power they developed undisclosed issues which required them to turn power back on temporarily through the old power plant.

Due to the limitations of the old plant BEC had to carry out some load shedding while working to bring Wilson City back online.

However, according to the press re­lease BEC said that “the outages were not caused by inadequate generation on the island as available generation capacity ex­ceeds peak demand for the entire island of Abaco at this time.”

The press release said that “BEC of­ficials on the island explained that a series of isolated incidents from Wednesday eve­ning (November 6th, 2013) to Thursday morning (November 7, 2013) are to blame for the outages.”

They said that adverse weather condi­tions were responsible for a series of island wide outages from November 6 and 7. Ad­ditionally, while in the process of restor­ing supply to the island, a private contrac­tor damaged a BEC cable in Green Turtle Cay causing yet another island wide outage shortly before noon on November 7.

“BEC teams were able to isolate the damaged cable and restore supply to most areas by 12:42 p.m. on Thursday. By 3:30 p.m. supply was restored to all areas of the island.”

BEC also noted that they continue to experience supply related issues in Guana Cay where there was also damage to equip­ment caused by heavy salt spray.

“The Corporation sincerely apolo­gizes to its customers in Abaco who ex­perienced supply interruption during this period and reiterates its commitment to providing a safe and reliable source of electricity to Abaco and the entire coun­try.”

About Timothy Roberts

Timothy had his first venture into Journalism just months after graduating from Queen’s College in Nassau taking his first job with The Tribune in 1991 leaving in 1992 for other pursuits.

During his time in Nassau he diversified his experiences working as a warehouse manager, locksmith and computer technician before returning to Abaco, a place he has always considered home, in 1999.

He joined the staff of The Abaconian in 2001 doing graphic design and writing an opinion article called Generally Speaking and after a brief time away, returned to The Abaconian in 2010 as a reporter, graphic designer and computer technician.

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