Power International navigates profits in Bermuda upgrade

Power International is supplying, installing and commissioning two 5.7-MW diesel generators on a (US)$9 million turnkey contract for the Bermuda Electric Light Company Ltd. (BELCO). The project is to be completed by July 1.

BELCO, a privately-owned utility supplying all electric service to the island, purchased the units to improve plant fuel efficiency through a better diesel-engin-to-gas-turbine-plant mix ratio.

“Added capacity from the new generators and other units scheduled to start up in July will enable BELCO to replace older units that have reached the end of their productive lives with newer, more environmentally friendly units,” said Gary Madeiros, BELCO president and CEO.

Normally, supplying and installing the generators wouldn`t be a difficult assignment, but the Bermuda project presents some unique challenges, according to Wally Jacobson, Power International`s senior director of engineering and projects. The generators were transported from the United States by ship, then moved through Hamilton by truck.

“The narrow, winding roads of Bermuda, which visitors find so charming, can become a logistical nightmare when you have to move generators,” Jacobson said. “We believe these units are the largest pieces of equipment ever brought into Bermuda.”

Power International is installing a 120-foot stack to assist in emission control. The prefabricated stack, designed to withstand hurricane-force winds, will help the utility comply with the Bermuda Clean Air Act.