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UPDATE: Power restored to Tortola following island-wide outage

- Ag. Gen Manager says broken pipe caused disruption
Tortola, as well as the sister islands of Virgin Gorda and Jost Van Dyke, experienced a lengthy power outage today, May 21, 2013 following issues experienced at the Pockwood Pond power plant, according to Deputy General Manager of the BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC), Mr Henry O. Creque. Photo: VINO/File
A broken pipe at the BVI Electricity Corporation’s Pockwood Pond plant was reportedly the cause of island-wide disruptions to power earlier today May 21, 2013 across the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO
A broken pipe at the BVI Electricity Corporation’s Pockwood Pond plant was reportedly the cause of island-wide disruptions to power earlier today May 21, 2013 across the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – A broken pipe at the BVI Electricity Corporation’s Pockwood Pond plant is reportedly the cause of island-wide disruptions to power on May 21, 2013 across the Virgin Islands.

Speaking with this news site moments ago, Ag. General Manager of the BVI Electricity Corporation, Henry O. Creque explained that a pipe was ruptured by a backhoe at the Pockwood Pond location.

Creque related that this led to a system-wide shut down as experienced within the Territory earlier today.

A release submitted on behalf of the BVIEC stated that the ruptured pipe which experienced “challenges”, is used to take water from the sea to cool generators at the company’s Pockwood Pond plant location.

“We have the power almost fully restored now,” Creque related.

According to Creque, while most areas in Virgin Gorda have already seen their power restored, the remaining customers on the island will be returned to power in a few short hours.

When contacted, Nathaniel Penn, Transmission and Distribution foreman at the BVIEC, said he could not offer a comment at this time.

See previous story posted May 21, 2013:

Island-wide power outage hits Tortola

- Problems being experienced at Pockwood Pond power station

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Some homes and businesses across the Virgin Islands experienced a total electrical power shut down earlier today, May 21, 2013 that sent some persons scrambling for backup support to continue their tasks.

Deputy General Manager at the BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC), Henry O. Creque, confirmed that the current power shutdown is an island-wide situation and happened after difficulties experienced at the company's Pockwood Pond plant.

"We have some issues now at the Pockwood Pond power station but I'm trying to get a [better] update at this time," Creque stated.

It remains unclear what the specific issues are, as Creque declined to comment on this when pressed but said more information would be made available at a later time.

The Deputy GM also said he could not give this news site an estimated time that power is likely to be restored.

Our correspondents in Jost Van Dyke and Virgin Gorda also reported that the sister islands are without power as well. Creque noted however, that Anegada was able to evade the power outages experienced by other areas across the VI.

Efforts to contact BVIEC's General Manager, Leroy A. E. Abraham, proved unsuccessful up to post time.

The power outage occurred sometime after 9 A.M. today.

26 Responses to “UPDATE: Power restored to Tortola following island-wide outage”

  • fox (21/05/2013, 13:16) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Gosh poor the bvi
  • .... (21/05/2013, 13:50) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is bad for business
  • asur (21/05/2013, 14:29) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply

    When aint water tis light yaaaawn me packing up and leaving tis sorry r@$$ place

    • **rolls eyes** (21/05/2013, 14:55) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
      Bye! You acting like it's only you that's affected....
    • feet (21/05/2013, 14:55) Like (10) Dislike (11) Reply
      Run, fast speeding like a jet. And don't come back either!
      • Blu (21/05/2013, 16:11) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
        the man is from right here and can come back anytime as he please so go and suck an egg.
    • good riddance (21/05/2013, 15:10) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
      Cant wait to see your back. BUY A ONE WAY TICKET. One less of you to complain!!!!!
    • Adios (21/05/2013, 15:21) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
      Don't let the door hit you on de way out. De more negative people we get out of the VI de better.
    • FREE Assistance (21/05/2013, 15:42) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
      If you need help packing check me, i will assist you for FREE.
  • Only in the BVI (21/05/2013, 14:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    VG has no power either.
  • sayso (21/05/2013, 15:13) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is just a tip of the ice burgee you all see what happen in Oklahoma how that Munster tornado hit there. Hurricane season is upon us you all better pray for this place and stop the fussing and fighting amen
    • Peaches (21/05/2013, 16:21) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
      Exactly! we as a people complain too much. Current gone for couple of hours and all we do is complain, complain, complain. Look at the devastation in Oklahoma. Those people don't even have a roof over their heads. Sometimes the Lord allows the electircity to go off so we could come off these computers and find time to pray and and read our bibles. We are too ungrateful. The bible says in everything give thanks.
  • Real Talk (21/05/2013, 15:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    arn't we living in 2013??? wtf man...
  • apple pie (21/05/2013, 15:45) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    Who the hell will pay for my food that gone bad?
  • hard times (21/05/2013, 17:14) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    All this talk about fast broadband and embracing technology and when the switch is turned, nothing happens. Infrastructure is at the heart of development. Without it we will be a 3rd world and get left behind.
  • Yu done Know (21/05/2013, 17:20) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    1st world economy, 3rd world infrastructure
    • vv (21/05/2013, 18:48) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      what damm first world ecomomy boss?
      • bay man (22/05/2013, 01:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        You think they easy. Gangster style. Corruptive from the Top Down. I can really Really clearly see why this Country is drowning in blood.!!.
  • sa show (21/05/2013, 20:46) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    you ppl fail to realize whats going on in this world, all we do is fight and complain about the things we have no power over. All we need is to pray that the lord will spear this country from any harm.
  • FREE ADVICE (21/05/2013, 20:47) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
  • ------------- (22/05/2013, 07:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    the fuel surcharge is a disgrace who will address that!
  • Christopher Shears (14/10/2013, 16:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I kind of keep updated on the BVI. Thanks for your hospitality. I spent New Years there about 16 years ago. I had a good time. The island was quaint. I remember having lobster, roti, pizza, rum cake, and a drink. I hope things get better for you guys with first world economy, 3rd world infrastructure.
  • Christopher Garvin Shears (14/02/2014, 15:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I take that back. Just what my mother would say, son of a no good!
  • Christopher Garvin Shears (10/02/2015, 15:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Plant a tree! The word fell on good soil. (Mathew13:8) Love your neighbor as you love yourself.
  • Christopher Garvin Shears (29/05/2015, 19:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Run fast speeding like a jet and don't come back!

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