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Major disaster averted at power plant

Photo Credit: Government Information Service

A major disaster was averted this morning when a team from the BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC) swiftly put out a blaze at the power plant in Pockwood Pond, Tortola.

The government has confirmed the incident that it said resulted from a burnt switchgear. It added that a full report will be forthcoming.

“The public is advised that a fire at the Pockwood Pond Power Station caused by a burnt switchgear has been extinguished by the prompt action by a team from the BVI Electricity Corporation.”

“The BVI Fire and Rescue Service provided immediate back up to contain the fire. Their fast action taken averted a major disaster and they are to be commended,” said the Government Information Service.

Minister responsible for energy Mark Vanterpool, who reported on site at 7am, said the incident will not in any major way affect electricity recovery efforts following Hurricane Irma.

“This was a small fire and it was extinguished before it could spread to any other area of the plant,” he said. “If it was not contained, this could have been a major disaster.”

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  1. Hmmmm says:

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    Its still a disaster as major equipment has been damaged and will take a long time to replace.

  2. Island Man says:

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    Am sorry to hear about this. However I expected this long before the hurricane. A new and complicated switch gear was installed. Also 3 New generators.

    Guess what! none of the engineers were trained on the new equipment. What do you expect. It was only last week one of the switch gear was burnt. Now a major fire.

    Get qualified engineers untill you train your team is the solution. Second they refuse to take advise from the local experts who are willing to assist

    • Really!! says:

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      @ Island Man

      If you dont know what happen why dont you just be quiet.

      The switch was a switch in the old power station, It was not any of the new equipment.

      So just stop spreading unnecessary speculations which makes you sound soooo silly.

      You all always quick to make assumptions and talk out of the side of your mouths.

      • Huu says:

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        And you are happy to say your old switch room burn me-son.

        • Look says:

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          Just putting the truth out there. Its not about being proud of anything being burnt. Just shutting down the rumors….You like the truth or you love lies…smh

  3. Who yuh fah? says:

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    Well at least the comments section of this article seems to get the real story or at least to the meat of it. #too much fluffing over

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