Gensets set to relieve Bahamas power crisis

A fleet of rental gensets from Aggreko is planned to relieve a power crisis on the island of New Providence in the Bahamas.

Utility Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) told local media that the new fleet of 40 1.1 MW containerized gensets should be up and running by the end of this week, joining an existing 40 MW genset fleet at its Blue Hills power plant.

New Providence has experienced frequent blackouts over the summer, with the Bahamas’ Prime Minister Perry Christie noting in July that BPL had not anticipated the increased seasonal power use. Christie was quoted as saying that the government knew ‘we were going to have a bad summer and I knew that we had to have at least 40 MW in addition to what we have now,’ but that the gensets ‘were ordered late’.

Earlier this month, the Bahamas Tribune reported that while the gensets were ordered in July, they ‘have been sitting there for weeks and are not installed’ according to Bahamas Electrical Workers Union president Paul Maynard. ‘They should have been ordered from December,’ he added.

BPL has said its total generation capacity on New Providence is 236.5 MW, with customer demand standing at around 230 MW-240 MW per day.

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