Saturday 5 December, 2020

Power up! Temp generators for BL&P arrive on island after delays

Temporary generation units arrive in Barbados

Temporary generation units arrive in Barbados

Barbados Light & Power Company has delivered big time on one of their promises to increase generating capacity on island after the islandwide two-day power outages last month.

The12 Megawatts (MW) of temporary generation units arrived in Barbados despite a five-day delivery delay due to shipping issues at the originating ports, the containers have been off-loaded at the Bridgetown Port, and transported to site overnight. The BL&P said that they were supported by the Barbados Port Authority, the Royal Barbados Police Force and other Government agencies through the process.

In a press release issued today, Light & Power, shared that at the Garrison site, early preparation work for the temporary generation units has been completed fully and the mobile crane was ready to receive all equipment. All the necessary preparatory work was undertaken safely.

The processes of erecting and commissioning have commenced.

Light & Power’s Managing Director, Roger Blackman said: 

“We are working with the supplier to complete the safe commissioning of the generating units as promptly as possible. Key contractor resources are already in Barbados for the preliminary work, other resources will be arriving to support the commissioning by December 20.

“Regarding the other immediate generation project, Light & Power has signed a letter of intent to proceed with APR Energy from Jacksonville, Florida for the purchase of 12 x 1.5MW units. This is 3 MW more than the 15 MW originally indicated to provide contingency and back-up for the system. We have completed our due diligence assessment of the units and they are undergoing preparation for shipping. We are planning for these units to arrive by year-end and for commissioning in January 2020.

“Our goal is to safely and swiftly install this additional generating capacity and look to advance the renewable energy transition with ‘shovel-ready clean energy projects’ working with all key stakeholders.”

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