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Three new generators arrive for BVIEC’s Phase V Project

The generating capacity of the Pockwood Pond Power Plant is expected to be increased by 26.7MW on the central VI Grid when the three new engines are installed in December 2016. Photo: VINO/File
Deputy General Manager of the BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC), Mr Henry O. Creque, who said the engines are expected to be installed and put into operation by December 2016 the latest.
Deputy General Manager of the BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC), Mr Henry O. Creque, who said the engines are expected to be installed and put into operation by December 2016 the latest.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- With the frequent power outages being experienced in the territory due to load shedding and other issues, residents would welcome the news that three new engines have arrived for the BVI Electricity Corporation’s (BVIEC) Phase V Power Development Project, although they are not expected to be added to the grid until in December.

Word of the three new generators arriving in the territory was confirmed by Deputy General Manager of the BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC), Mr Henry O. Creque, who said the engines will add 26.7MW to the generating capacity of the Pockwood Pond Power Plant.

“They should be put into operation roughly at the end of December, the latest stage the contract has given us,” Mr Creque told Virgin Islands News Online.

Speaking in the House of Assembly on June 23, 2016, Minister for Communications and Works Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) had said the BVIEC Phase V Development Programme was on track to be completed by the end of 2016.

In the meantime, it seems residents would have to endure more periodic power outages.

Asked about the frequent blackouts, Mr Creque said the problems are “similar to the issues before where we have issues with other engines and we have to load-shed. That has been the situation on and off.”

11 Responses to “Three new generators arrive for BVIEC’s Phase V Project”

  • voter (18/08/2016, 07:12) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    As I sit typing this post there is no electricity yet again!
  • 123 (18/08/2016, 07:47) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    hope after they are installed there would be no more excuses
    • Smile (19/08/2016, 04:51) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply

      There are no excuses now. From the various news stories on the power outages that I have read, the BVIEC has clearly stated that they do not have enough generating capacity. Thus the reason for Phase V and the three new generators.
      BTW power goes off for a number of reasons, not just the lack of generating capacity.

  • wize up (18/08/2016, 09:06) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    I personally think the issue in the territory is maintaining what is being built: we are very good at building stuff but no one sees it fit to conduct proper maintenance....I think we operate on the mindset "if it aint broke dont fix it"...
    • Treasury (18/08/2016, 15:43) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      The problem is that maintenance budgets get spent on other things such as travel, not maintenance. This is commonplace and results in non cost effective management. If the accounts were regularly audited and reported then this would have to be brought to light. No accountability and very poor management hence more capital expenditure required which probably suits the politicians as this can be used to curry favor with voters.
  • same bull different day (18/08/2016, 09:09) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    These same speeches are heard whenever new engines arrive.
  • cay (18/08/2016, 09:15) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    This going hell moving these lots of issues
  • Online Now (18/08/2016, 16:43) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why not move them in place by sea rather than closing the roads and disrupting utilities?
  • WTF (18/08/2016, 17:22) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Not going to be any different than the Rolls Royce generators. These corrupt bastards will never do right by the people of these Virgin Islands. They are too damn greedy and selfish, so the people will always be at the short end of the stick. So much for us ever seeing a reliable supply of electricity here in the BVI.


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