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Transporting of BVIEC generator still ongoing

- expected to be complete in an hour or so, according to BVIEC General Manager Leroy A. E. Abraham
The generator being transported through Road Town last night, August 21, 2016. Photo: Mahde Said
Making its way past the junction near BVI Red Cross. Photo: Mahde Said
Making its way past the junction near BVI Red Cross. Photo: Mahde Said
At Hannah's around 5:30 A.M. August 22, 2016. Photo: Bashir Hidar
At Hannah's around 5:30 A.M. August 22, 2016. Photo: Bashir Hidar
Traffic backed up on the road to Pockwood Pond minutes ago. Photo: Bashir Hidar
Traffic backed up on the road to Pockwood Pond minutes ago. Photo: Bashir Hidar
General Manager of the BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC), Mr Leroy A. E. Abraham. Photo: VINO/File
General Manager of the BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC), Mr Leroy A. E. Abraham. Photo: VINO/File
SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI – The transporting of the 160 ton Wartsila generator from the Port Purcell dock to the BVI Electricity Corporation’s (BVIEC) Pockwood Pond Power Plant has been delayed for close to three hours already.

BVIEC was expecting to complete the moving of the first of three generators between 10:00 P.M. last night and 5:00 A.M. this morning, August 22, 2016, however, there were some difficulties, especially in the Sea Cows Bay area, between ‘Elevator Hill’ and E&B Grocery at Hannah's.

"This is crazy. That's what everyone was saying they needed to find a way to barge those thing to Pockwood Pond, this is crazy all night no light and this is going to take hours if not all day. Thank God school not open yet or it would be pure madness," said one resident.

The vehicle transporting the generator had apparently stuck just a few yards from where a similar one fell of the truck some years ago in a similar activity.

BVIEC General Manager Leroy A. E. Abraham had previous explained that the generators could not have been offloaded at Pockwood Pond due to the absence of a deep water harbour and adequate docking facilities.

Speaking to Virgin Islands News Online this morning, Mr Abraham confirmed that the transporting of the generator was still in progress.

“We are right now in the progress of transporting it. We are here by Havers and we anticipate being down by Pockwood Pond in about an hour/hour and a half, Mr Abraham said around 7:25 A.M.

The GM also confirmed that there were challenges along the way, however, he did not get into details.

“It is just one of those exercises where the first one is always the most challenging. We need to identify all the snags and all of the challenges that we need to confront. Once we mitigate those challenges, Tuesday and Thursday nights should go much more efficiently.”

The three new 8 Megawatt Wartsila generators are for the BVIEC’s Phase V Power Development Project.

“This signifies the light at the end the tunnel with regards to our woes of electrical issues in the territory. Within the next four to five months, by the end of January (2017), that project would be finished and BVIEC’s generating capacity would have significantly increased,” Mr Abraham had told this news site in an exclusive interview on August 19, 2016.

19 Responses to “Transporting of BVIEC generator still ongoing”

  • w (22/08/2016, 08:11) Like (0) Dislike (5) Reply
    Well, well, well. So what else is new for the day.
  • age (22/08/2016, 08:21) Like (1) Dislike (15) Reply
    this is crazy people need to get to work that is why we stayed off the road last night this is sick bossie
  • voter (22/08/2016, 08:29) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    I would have liked to see the pictures of it getting past Road Town roundabout
    • Just Fine (22/08/2016, 09:09) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      It went around just fine, come up on the east bound lane and did a wide angle turn going anti-clockwise around it.
  • wize up (22/08/2016, 08:29) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
    Just a set of !uck.....leadership really matter
  • me (22/08/2016, 08:30) Like (12) Dislike (7) Reply
    This same money could have gone and buy solar panels.
    • Hmmm (22/08/2016, 09:01) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
      only you would buy solar panel to supply energy on a Tropical Island.... you think is one home this generator pushing energy for? this is not ARIZONA!
    • engineering (22/08/2016, 09:37) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
      Ppl tell them let Ashley dredge the. Dock pock wood pond to get the deep but no dey want go by Rd know it stuck Hannah till morning and who going pay for ppl been late for work now
      • Payle Rider (22/08/2016, 15:05) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
        They late for work, that is there problem. Everyone was notified about the changes. I had to take a different route to work and I made it to work on time. Don't make excuses for ignorant lazy, I don't pay attention to things always complaining people.
    • Yes (22/08/2016, 09:38) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      windmill construction too
  • me (22/08/2016, 08:40) Like (16) Dislike (3) Reply
    Humans u can never satisfy them larddd the people trying move the generator safely to Packwood pond yea the behind schedule so what if u reach work late,the current go off is a problem now the people trying get it fix by having the new generators wow
  • kudos (22/08/2016, 10:31) Like (38) Dislike (3) Reply
    KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK BVIEC!!!!!!! People fail to acknowledge that you guys have given up your warm beds and are away from your families all night working for the country
  • 1 4 the road (22/08/2016, 10:37) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    E&B nice stop for a cold one...coolant for your generator.
  • simple (22/08/2016, 10:58) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
    Let them do their work. It interfair with my schedule and I took the day off. I have a understanding boss. No use in complaining. Just hope the workers get the generators to Pockwood pond safely.
  • You know what!!!!! (22/08/2016, 12:20) Like (17) Dislike (5) Reply
    You damn set of complaining fools. Here they go trying to up grade the system and you fools here squawking like a bunch of setty fowls hatching eggs. Hell figure out another way to get to work. The workers is trying their best to assure safety while moving the generators. You complainers, go out there and offer them a bottle of water and cheer them on. You all don't give a damn that these men is doing a dangerous job. Good Luck Guys. And please be safe.
  • thank you (22/08/2016, 14:56) Like (9) Dislike (4) Reply
    I just want to say Thank You to the work Crew that is moving the generators to Pockwood Pond. I know this is not easy but, be safe and continue on you will make it. I am ashamed of the way some of these people is acting. They are putting being without lights for a few over SAFETY. Continue the good work guys. There is a lot of people rooting for you guys. Again, Thank You and be safe.
  • B Still (22/08/2016, 16:54) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    Some people have the tendency to complain about every single thing whether it is affecting them or not. We all know that you can't please all the people all of the time and in this particular instance, the entire territory will benefit from the upgrading of the electricity. Instead of complaining we need to exercise patience and pray for the safe delivery of the generator along with the crew and Mr. Abraham for their untiring efforts to make things better for the entire territory. God bless all of them.
  • lies bviec boss (22/08/2016, 23:21) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    if a heavy sand barge can dock at the fuel line behind delta why the dam generator cant be barged there.

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