Friday 21 February, 2020

Minister Abrahams: Barbados does not have a natural gas shortage

Minister Wilfred Abrahams

Minister Wilfred Abrahams

Gas outages brought some West and South coast businesses to a crippling halt.

In light of this recent natural gas disruption, the Minister of Energy and Water Resources Wilfred Abrahams has sought to clear the air.

While lamenting the unfortunate occurrence, especially during this peak tourism season, Minister Abrahams told members of the media that active investigations were being carried out by officials to prevent a recurrence. However, he was quick to highlight that the incident was not because there was a shortage of natural gas.

“It was a problem that, because of the valve, the pressure was not in the system to get to a number of the South coast people and West coast restaurants,” he stated. Minister Abrahams went on to explain that although the problem was identified and rectified in 45 minutes it still took a while for the pressure in the system to build back up.

Despite the outage being brief in the grand scheme of things, he did not play down the gravity of the situation and assured that the matter was being treated seriously.  

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“Obviously it is something that we are taking very, very seriously because we don’t want a repeat of it. The management and board of NPC [National Petroleum Corporation] are picking apart exactly what happened. We can’t stop things from happening but we can do our best to put preventative measures and redundancies in place that if something does happen the impact would not be felt as significantly,” said Abrahams.

The National Petroleum Corporation had previously apologized to affected customers and the Minister echoed these sentiments.

“We apologize to all the businesses that were put out and experienced losses as a result of the outage, but these things happen. I’m not trivializing it, I’m not minimizing it, and I’m not stopping anyone from seeking their compensation. The businesses will inform themselves and do what it is they have to do and we will deal with that if and when that happens.”

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