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.”