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‘We have an issue with each of the new Wartsila generators’ - Henry O. Creque

- defect with generators partially blamed for power outages over last few weeks
One of the three new 8 Megawatt Wartsila generators for the BVI Electricity Corporation’s (BVIEC) Phase V Power Development Project being taken to Pockwood Pond in August 2016. It is now being reported that all of the generators have a defect. Photo: Mahde Said/Facebook
Deputy General Manager of BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC) Mr Henry O. Creque has stated that the BVIEC is in communication with Wartsila as it relates to the defects with the new generators. Photo: VINO/File
Deputy General Manager of BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC) Mr Henry O. Creque has stated that the BVIEC is in communication with Wartsila as it relates to the defects with the new generators. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The three new 8 Megawatt Wartsila generators for the BVI Electricity Corporation’s (BVIEC) Phase V Power Development Project was touted as the answer to the frequent power outages and load shedding across the Territory; however, this has not been the case.

The completed $50M Phase V Power Development Project is raising eyebrows as it is now public that the engines were handed over and accepted by BVIEC with some defects.

Deputy General Manager of BVIEC Mr Henry O. Creque was this weekend on air stating that they are currently dealing with Wartsila as it relates to a defect that has been causing the engines to malfunction, something they were aware of even before the official handing over.

“We have an issue with each of the new generators that actually had occurred before they were handed over to BVIEC and that issue is being looked at very closely between Wartsila and BVIEC,” said Mr Creque on the JTV Weekend News on July 14, 2017.

Mr Creque said that what BVIEC found, “Is it does not happen very often but once every two to three weeks. We have a specific component in the new generators and of these tend to fail every so often.”

Wartsila addressing issues ‘urgently’

According to Mr Creque, the manufacturer has accepted that there is an issue with the generators and is in the process of dealing with it with urgency. “They are working very closely with BVIEC to find a solution so that it doesn’t happen anymore.”

“They have supplied part but our concern is what happens differently with the new part so that this doesn’t happen going forward,” he said.

The defects of the generator are partially blamed for power outages experienced throughout the territory over the past weeks.

Of the $50M that was spent to purchase the engines and offset other expenses for the Phase V project, $35M was funded by a BVI Social Security loan. It was anticipated that with the new generators in place a more reliable electricity supply was expected along with expectations that affords BVIEC the opportunity to perform both planned and unplanned maintenance on its power generating assets.

31 Responses to “‘We have an issue with each of the new Wartsila generators’ - Henry O. Creque”

  • Fed Up (17/07/2017, 11:17) Like (37) Dislike (1) Reply
    We're always left holding the bag because of these cobblers that are so highly praised...Hurricanes ain't hit us yet and everyday current going off because of these garbage we purchased from wartsila
    • Black Weatherman (17/07/2017, 12:12) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
      You should see the weather coming from the coast of Africa.
      • If you only knew that your words were prophetic (16/12/2019, 17:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        If you only knew that your words were prophetic
  • 21st Century (17/07/2017, 11:18) Like (40) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Call parna (17/07/2017, 11:19) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    Call ATEC man he done fix my generator!
  • Guest (17/07/2017, 11:31) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
  • common denominator (17/07/2017, 11:39) Like (42) Dislike (6) Reply
    We buy from Rolls Royce - the generators are no good
    We buy from Wartsila - the generators are no good
    Whomever we buy from its the same cry. These generators are sold around the world but only in the BVI is there such problems? Maybe its time to privatise BVIEC to an experienced foreign company that is allowed to hire mechanics that are not only capable but also willing to do their jobs properly and maintain the engines.
    • POOF (17/07/2017, 12:48) Like (14) Dislike (18) Reply
      I'm sure we can find locals that can do the job properly. No need to bring in no foreign company.
    • Dah Mek Sense?! (17/07/2017, 12:53) Like (13) Dislike (8) Reply
      Privatize to a foreign company??!! If you think our electricity rates are high now imagine if it is privatized!
    • ,@common denominator. (17/07/2017, 16:31) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      Common denominator -----Money -----Millionins in Cut backs...The seller knows they were no good. The love of money..The masses suffer..Now we can't send them back..We can't ask for refund...
  • idk (17/07/2017, 11:48) Like (24) Dislike (0) Reply
    You knew about defects and still went ahead to install and commission the engines?
  • SMH (17/07/2017, 11:54) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    Can we do anything right? Come on now man.
  • just asking... (17/07/2017, 12:25) Like (10) Dislike (7) Reply
    We were lied to again by the ndp
  • Hmmmm (17/07/2017, 12:32) Like (27) Dislike (1) Reply
    hurry up and let us use solar panels to power 90-100% of our homes 'cause ayo obviously going always have problems supplying power to the entire country.
  • facts (17/07/2017, 12:42) Like (12) Dislike (4) Reply
    The problem is not in the power station it's in the field and he should know this. Yes the engines have some minor faults but it's not them to blame it's outside .......
  • just wrong (17/07/2017, 13:07) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    We paid millions for consultants for an airport runway expansion that is foolish. Perhaps we should have paid some of that to consultants for the new generators?
    • Mathematics (17/07/2017, 16:41) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
      U come to me to buy a vehicle for your company I know the vehicle has problems I say to you the vehicle has a little problem it cost 20 thousands I will give you for 12 since its for the company right the check for 20 thousands I will return the 8 thousands to u. When that vehicle start giving problem they can't take that back so they start blaming the staff and how they driving all kind of Blane the staff getting, they can't blame the buyer because that 8 thousands cut back will either come to light or have to be return.... Hope u understand the husslers mathematics..
  • Freedom! (17/07/2017, 15:34) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Who will give us a refund?
  • Strupes (17/07/2017, 16:19) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    This really need the governor to bringing Scotland yard to investigate this purchase. From day one the word on the street that big cut backs are involved in these purchases...I'm not surprise.. These kind of bad deals need to stop....U may say bad for us but good for them....We are not foolish people .We are greedy people.. Educated, opportunistic, selfish..Care about self and to hell with others. We need Scotland yard to take a look at this. Seems like every generator purchase has some kind of goof up, corrupt up...Lol.. So sad..
  • Sawda (17/07/2017, 16:59) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    We got the money for High Spec Generators ,but we spent the money on low spec.. Look around and see who spending big money ,personal developments etc..For who don't understand Watsila give you choices but our Misleaders borrowed big money but only spent half the money on the cheapest generators..The generators was to be 10 Mega watts instead of 8 ,so it's like loading up a donkey when he feels the pressure he buckles..With these generators when the load hit them they get hot and trip out ..The public must rememeber we had a island wide block out when we crank those generators up..I hope we get a Audit on BVI Electricty soon..
  • HAHA (17/07/2017, 19:16) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Worst government in the history of the Caribbean
  • @SMH (17/07/2017, 19:29) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is appears, and is corroborated in the performance of the product and word of mouth, that our government has been the victim of collection of inferior goods (electric generators) for decades now.

    There appears to be weak negotiators and product assessors at the top within that segment of government.

    The purchasing of inferior generators is nothing new to the BVI. In fact, it is old news.
  • K (17/07/2017, 21:45) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    All you smart folk sort out the financial and fiduciary complexities, I am heartened by this tons of money spend
  • The TRUTH (17/07/2017, 22:04) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    lack of power outages is a pipe dream.
  • just so (17/07/2017, 22:14) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    this sounds like scamming with a different approach to me. the poor people will continue to suffer
  • limit (17/07/2017, 23:13) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    suppoor Tola wo any bigger buddy carn kep current on for 24 hour with out an outage,wha dem dont chek Peter island an c wha generator dem man running out da, a lit win blow over here current gone,wen yo look Peter island still gar light ,dem boy to busy setting up dem self an dem business fus , an we the people becom second hand, so wa dem goin do is to buy second ting for us to keep us quiet which make us fools
  • Commission (18/07/2017, 07:56) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Was there not a contract requirement to have the manufacturer commission the generators? If there was an inherent defect before they were out on line, why did it take almost a year for it to become known?
  • just noticing (18/07/2017, 13:49) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    a company with the word 'wart' in it...i'd stay away.
  • Tadow (19/07/2017, 21:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
  • facts man (20/07/2017, 21:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    heard Henry try to back peddle on what he said...coward WE BELIEVE VINO

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