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BVIEC taking extreme precautions in carrying generators to Pockwood Pond

- roads to be closed & power, telephone & cable services to be interrupted during transporting of generators
One of the 8MW Wartsila generators being offloaded at Port Purcell yesterday, August 19, 2016. Photo: VINO
General Manager of BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC), Leroy A. E. Abraham. Photo: VINO/File
General Manager of BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC), Leroy A. E. Abraham. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – In the absence of a deep water harbour in Pockwood Pond, the BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC) had no alternative but to offload its three new Wartsila generators for the Phase V Power Development Project at Port Purcell.

And to avert any mishaps while transporting the heavy duty equipment to the Pockwood Pond Power Plant, the BVIEC will embark on a significant utilities and traffic shut down during three nights of the new week.

BVIEC’s General Manager Mr Leroy A. E. Abraham, during an exclusive interview with this news site, said that on Sunday August 21, 2016 BVIEC will be transporting the three new 8 MW generators from Port Purcell to Pockwood Pond.

The moves are currently scheduled to take place between 10:00 P.M. and 5:00 A.M. on Sunday August 21, Tuesday August 23, and Thursday August 25, 2016.

The James Walter Francis and Sir Francis Drake highways, between Port Purcell and Pockwood Pond, will therefore be closed between those times and traffic will be diverted to alternate routes. Mr Abraham said there would also be a temporary interruption in power, telephone and cable television services during those periods.

‘Balancing act’

Asked why the generators were not transported and off loaded at the Pockwood Pond area, Mr Abraham said, “We don’t have any dock facilities there so we definitely can’t offload them there…It took approximately an hour and a half to get this process for one of the generators, one weighs approximately 160 tons, so it’s a balancing act between the ship trying to stay level and with the weight, trying to distribute the weight between the ship and the trailer, so we definitely don’t have any port facilities at Pockwood Pond for such a thing.”

The very question BVIEC faced on its Facebook page and it once again explained: “The engines are very large, very heavy pieces of equipment. A deep harbour, and a port with adequate load bearing facilities are necessary but not available at Pockwood Pond. . . Otherwise we would have loved to land them there instead.”

BVIEC also explained that the long closures are required based on the scope of the work. A significant amount of preparatory work will be happening ahead of the engines on those nights, including installation of temporary fly-over bridges, and relocation, disconnection and re-connection of telecom and electric utility cables.

“The road will actually be closed in two sections... Wide area power outages are not expected on the nights of the moves. Pockets of customers along the road from Port Purcell to Pockwood Pond will experience interruptions in service due to the required disconnection of lower hanging utility cables,” BVIEC stated.

22 Responses to “BVIEC taking extreme precautions in carrying generators to Pockwood Pond”

  • boy oh boy (20/08/2016, 11:53) Like (20) Dislike (5) Reply
    The way Mark is behaving you would think this is the first time generators came to this island. Just smoke screens to hide the pier park disgrace.
    • @ boy oh boy (21/08/2016, 08:47) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      well the NDP is driven by spin and fooling the people so get use to it
  • Bunny (20/08/2016, 12:47) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    just don't over do it an kill the light every 5 mins
  • Green Light (20/08/2016, 13:22) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
    If we were allowed to use wind generators and solar panels we wouldn't have to go thru all this stupidness now.
  • Engineer (20/08/2016, 13:40) Like (16) Dislike (2) Reply
    Let's hope that special carefulness is exercised whilst maneuvering over the recently dug/repacked trenches along the highway. Last thing we need is for the trolley and engine weighing over 160 tons to cause a collapse of any hollow areas that may exist. Any special arrangements for fire,rescue,ambulance service or would these essential services have to take alternative routes. Are the drivers aware?
  • Mr. Wizard the Lizard (20/08/2016, 14:42) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hogwarts generators? They're supposed to levitate themselves to wherever you tell them to. Kids these days,
    should have adults doing this!
  • ccc (20/08/2016, 14:59) Like (9) Dislike (4) Reply
    Still not impress ndp must go
  • LOL (20/08/2016, 15:08) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    how come he wasn't wearing a hard hat nor vest when the power boat arrived?
  • lodger (20/08/2016, 15:28) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    They are right to be cautious. Remember last time one fell off its flat bed by the Turners old house at Palestina.
  • Eagle Eye (20/08/2016, 17:38) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Finally pock wood pond operators and cleaners employees will get a raise.
  • wondering (20/08/2016, 19:46) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Can someone please explain to me why power as telephone services would need to be affected to transport generators?
    • here's why (20/08/2016, 22:07) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      The height of the generators exceeds the height of power wires, cables and phone lines in many places along that route.
    • Smile (20/08/2016, 22:15) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Because the telephone and cable TV lines are too low so they have to raised to accommodate the height of the generators passing on the road.
    • T (20/08/2016, 23:41) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
      Read the article and you would know. SMH
  • voter (20/08/2016, 22:57) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    You know you have to be as careful as offloading a yacht into Road Town Harbour, or biting a TT in an office, or sending concrete trucks up the hill as when dealing with expensive generators such as these.
  • carrunt (20/08/2016, 23:38) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Let us hope the weight of those generators doesn't break in all the bridges in sea cow' bay
    • Scary Mary (21/08/2016, 14:13) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Agreed. Neither the roads or the bridges were built for this kind of weight load. In addition, the condition of the road to Pockwood Pond is certainly not the best. Hopefully, there will be brand new (and properly inflated) tires on the truck, the load will be properly dispersed across the flatbed and the vehicle used is able to deal with the jostling of the load caused by the various road deficiencies. Hitting even a small pot hole could be their undoing. They are going to have to travel at a walking pace (or slower) the whole way.

      I hope no underground water pipes, electrical lines or culverts (running beneath the roadway) will be broken or damaged by this load. Even something as simple as a manhole that sticks up too high from the road surface could potentially cause problems. Will the BVIEC have engineers on the job and ready to offer solutions should potential disasters become apparent?
  • west (20/08/2016, 23:39) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    I just hate this power
  • Opinion (21/08/2016, 14:00) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    This government has caused the people of this territory more heartache and disappoint ment with their lies and corruption than any other government. They are not being honest and accountable to the people. Time for them to go. Noe is when we need an early election. They are destroying Natures Little Secret all because of greed. Remember it will only last for a while. God is watching.
  • Booma (21/08/2016, 14:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What areas will be affected? Or Is it only Purcell to pockwood pond?
  • Stopit (22/08/2016, 06:51) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    All this negative talk how can our country be any better? Life and death in your tongue. Stop insulting those who worked hard for this country. My country tis of thee, my sweet land of liberty, may your latter glory surpass your former. God bless the Virgin Islands.
    Let all negative people move to war-torn Syria.


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