TO: GENERAL PUBLIC
FROM: BAHAMAS POWER AND LIGHT COMPANY LIMITED (BPL)
DATE: MAY 25, 2021
SUBJECT: BPL, Statement On Outage Investigation
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NASSAU, NP – Bahamas Power and Light Company Ltd. acknowledges the statement issued by Station A manager and operator Wärtsilä on Friday, May 21, 2021, in which Wärtsilä reported that an incident at Station A triggered an island-wide outage early on the morning of Thursday, May 20, 2021.
BPL takes note of the efforts of Wärtsilä to investigate and identify the cause of the incident, and the station operator’s assurance that the operational improvements are underway to ensure this type of event is unlikely to be repeated.
To reiterate, Wärtsilä stated last Friday, “At around 2:30 A.M. on May 20th an operational glitch at the Clifton Pier Station A resulted in generating units going offline. This event triggered an island wide outage on New Providence…We sincerely apologize for any inconveniences caused as a result of this outage. Although this kind of occurrence is rare, be assured that Wärtsilä is already in the process of investigating this matter to determine the root cause of the failure with a goal of making sure that there would not be a re-occurrence.”
BPL has received the results of the Wartsila investigation and is conducting its own due diligence for the sake of completeness and transparency.
K. Quincy Parker
Director, Public Relations
Bahamas Power and Light Company Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC). BPL, the premier provider of electricity in The Bahamas, operating generation, transmission and distribution systems throughout the archipelagic nation. The company operates 30 generating plants in 25 island locations and has more than 100,000 customers.