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BVIEC receives $600K CDB technical assistance grant

- Grant will fund projects like local underground transmission network
The BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC) has successfully secured a Technical Assistance (TA) grant funding from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to the tune of US $600,000 from a wider CAD $5M (UD $3.93) pool. Photo: VINO/File
BVIEC General Manager, Mr Leroy A.E. Abraham confirmed that the US $600K funding will go towards the providing technical assistance to the BVIEC through the CDB's Canadian Support to the Energy Sector in the Caribbean (CSES-C) fund. Photo: VINO/File
BVIEC General Manager, Mr Leroy A.E. Abraham confirmed that the US $600K funding will go towards the providing technical assistance to the BVIEC through the CDB's Canadian Support to the Energy Sector in the Caribbean (CSES-C) fund. Photo: VINO/File
The funding will be used to strengthen to capacity at the BVIEC and support project preparation of climate-resilient energy infrastructure in the Paraquita Bay area aimed at improving the resilience of the Territory’s national transmission grid infrastructure. Photo: BVIEC
The funding will be used to strengthen to capacity at the BVIEC and support project preparation of climate-resilient energy infrastructure in the Paraquita Bay area aimed at improving the resilience of the Territory’s national transmission grid infrastructure. Photo: BVIEC
LONG BUSH, Tortola, VI - The BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC) has successfully secured a Technical Assistance (TA) grant funding from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to the tune of US $600,000 from a wider CAD $5M (UD $3.93) pool.

Funds support Caribbean energy sector

According to the corporation in a release today, January 12, 2021, “CSES-C is a CAD5 million technical assistance fund established at CDB in 2016, with resources provided by the Government of Canada. These resources are used to support interventions in the energy sectors of CDB Borrowing Member Countries (BMCs) in the areas of capacity strengthening, project preparation, and strengthening of the regulatory framework.”

BVIEC General Manager, Mr Leroy A.E. Abraham confirmed to Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) that the US $600,000 will go towards providing technical assistance to the BVIEC through the CDB's Canadian Support to the Energy Sector in the Caribbean (CSES-C) fund.

The funding will be used to strengthen capacity at the BVIEC and support project preparation of climate-resilient energy infrastructure in the Paraquita Bay area. This is aimed at improving the resilience of the territory’s national transmission grid infrastructure.

“Some elements of the project include placing a portion of BVIEC’s transmission network underground and adding a renewable energy (RE) generation facility and battery energy storage systems (BESS) facilities. These RE and BESS facilities can be used to supply critical infrastructures such as the Seven Seas Water Plant, H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) and Bar Bay Water Plant,” the BVIEC noted.

Request for Proposals soon to be issued

Mr Abraham said it is expected that this technical assistance project will commence in earnest, by late January or early February 2021, based on CDB projections.

More technical assessments to be performed under the grant are the Paraquita Bay Critical Facility and Agricultural Area Solar Assessment and Design, grid integration analysis and facility interconnection single line diagrams preparation, geotechnical and hydrology study and foundation design preparations, just to name a few.

The BVIEC noted that upon conclusion of all the relevant project preparation work, a Request for Proposals (RFP) will be developed and issued, inclusive of commercial terms, conditions and technical specifications, to facilitate the project's development.

7 Responses to “BVIEC receives $600K CDB technical assistance grant”

  • one eye (12/01/2021, 20:39) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    More good news
  • Wicked (12/01/2021, 22:16) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Give the employees a damm raise, it's more than time mahn
  • annudda2cents (12/01/2021, 22:20) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    I honestly believe that the BVIEC building facilities are long overdue for a well deserved upgrade. arrangements should be made for that building to be torn down, rebuilt bigger, better, and stronger to not only house BVIEC offices, but also Water and Sewerage offices, and perhaps a third department. The current W & S facilities at Baugher's Bay can be used for the field workers and for the department's heavy equipment, tools, etc. All in all, we need to optimize and centralize when and where necessary, and I believe this is one situation that necessitates such an undertaking. my 2 cents as usual.
  • one eye (13/01/2021, 00:13) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    Leroy doing s dam good job
  • Denise Carson (13/01/2021, 10:33) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    I would just like to make a comment not about the article but about Mr. Abraham personally. I had a very stressful situation where I live regarding reconnecting of electricity around me to damaged homes. I spoke with him at his office, he made the time to come to my house brought 2 other very knowledgeable men with him appraised the situation and assured me the issues I was so stressed about were not going to happen. I know he is a very important man but still came the same day I called and I would just like to thank him again and the 2 gentlemen with him. This is customer service in the highest degree. Also Mrs Simone Penn (sorry if I spelled your name wrong) was also very helpful on the phone arranging this for me . Kudos to BVI a electric company.


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