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Power supply to be fully restored by end of today- Leroy A. E. Abraham

- No major damages to BVIEC infrastructure due to Tropical Storm Erika
While some sections of the territory continue to be without electricity due to last night’s brush of heavy winds from tropical storm Erika, General Manager of the BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC) Leroy A. E. Abraham has assure that power will be fully restored by the end of today, August 28, 2015. Photo: VINO/File
Along Great Mountain road this morning, August 28, 2015. According to Mr Leroy A. E. Abraham, the tripping of the BVIEC feeders were as a result of fuses blowing primarily because of fallen trees due to high winds. Photo: VINO
Along Great Mountain road this morning, August 28, 2015. According to Mr Leroy A. E. Abraham, the tripping of the BVIEC feeders were as a result of fuses blowing primarily because of fallen trees due to high winds. Photo: VINO
Maintenance workers removing a fallen branch from the roadway at Sea Cows Bay this morning, August 28, 2015. Photo: VINO
Maintenance workers removing a fallen branch from the roadway at Sea Cows Bay this morning, August 28, 2015. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – While some sections of the territory continue to be without electricity due to last night’s brush of heavy winds from tropical storm Erika, General Manager of the BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC) Leroy A. E. Abraham has assured that power will be fully restored by the end of today, August 28, 2015.

Mr Abraham, in a brief interview with this news site this morning, said that of the fourteen (14) distribution feeders owned and controlled by BVIEC that supply electricity from Jost Van Dyke to Virgin Gorda (Anegada is on its own feeder), only four (4) tripped during the course of the heavy winds experienced last night.

“Of those fourteen feeders, only four of them tripped so the majority of the system of the primary distribution feeders stayed up. So right now the majority of those feeders are now on, whether partially or fully, and we are right now out there in those other small areas getting those customers back on,” explained Mr Abraham.

Three feeders tripped on Tortola and the other on Virgin Gorda.

No extensive damages

Mr Abraham said that based on reports in so far there haven’t been any substantial damages to BVIEC infrastructure. “Based on our assessment there was no significant damage to the infrastructure.”

He said the tripping of the feeders were as a result of fuses blowing primarily because of fallen trees due to high winds.

In appealing to affected residents and businesses, Mr Abraham asked that persons continue to be patient with BVIEC as it works to assiduously have all problems rectified and power fully restored.

“As we have seen over the years, the system is becoming more and more resilient to the storms. We had a quite majority of the grid stay up, even though this storm wasn’t as significant, but still quite a majority of the grids stayed up which showed the resiliency of the system.”

“Just be patient with us and we will be in your area, those who have issues please call us,” Mr Abraham stated.

12 Responses to “Power supply to be fully restored by end of today- Leroy A. E. Abraham”

  • spanish bar (28/08/2015, 11:27) Like (1) Dislike (9) Reply
    Where is the minister? Awal
  • Ally (28/08/2015, 13:35) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is ridiculous for the little wind we had the power went off. what would happen is a storm really do come thought here.
  • right about now (28/08/2015, 15:00) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    it is time to put all these cables under ground and besides, they are very ugly and unsightly.
    • Unbelievable (28/08/2015, 15:22) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      Please provide the resources and speed up the process. Last time I checked, the government does not print money. Funds are limited and the Territory has numerous needs competing for the same money.
      • For Real? (29/08/2015, 09:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        If this is so then they should have spent the money like it is so.
  • Good job! (28/08/2015, 15:51) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Although annoyed that the power went off for the whole night, I was pleased to see it was up more or less as it got light - a minor inconvenience compared to what happened in Dominica. Well done BVIEC.
  • Muppets (28/08/2015, 16:25) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    the power only came back in Huntum's Ghut just after 4pm...................
  • WTF (28/08/2015, 20:11) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Suppose TS Erika was a hurricane? OMG we would have lost electricity for weeks. BVI Electricity needs to improve and upgrade . The infrastructure as it stands is old and out dated.
    • Too true (29/08/2015, 07:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      When Earl passed through four years ago, we were out of power for 10 days! Most def, the power structure is outdated, but it's just not on the radar to do so, just like road improvements. Even without storms, power goes off pretty much whenever they feel like it without warning. Worse yet, one is beholden to BVIEC since it its illegal to be off the grid.
  • apple (29/08/2015, 06:20) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    I thank the BVI Electricity Company for their good work in restoring power to all effected areas.
    However, I don't understand why the BVI water have to be turned off. To me that was not necessary at all; if any service had to be affected that should be electricity. Water turning off should be the last option people. However, who am I speaking too anyway??? They don't listen!
  • right (29/08/2015, 10:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well our light went off on Thursday afternoon and we only got it back Saturday morning. That's after all of the rest of the BVI had theirs by Friday latest. This thing rough and got to stop.


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