With the peak of the hurricane season fast approaching, the BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC) is seeking to have a hurricane-proof powerplant ready by September.
General Manager of BVIEC Leroy Abraham told BVI News on Tuesday that this powerplant will be able to withstand up to a category five storm.
He said work is underway at the Pockwood Pond-based facility thanks to a $10 million insurance settlement.
“We are making sure that it (the power plant) will not be as it was before but much better and stronger. So we have made some improvements to the structure, recognizing what we experienced. We definitely know what we had before couldn’t stand up to [the category five hurricanes], so we made some improvements in the rehabilitation of the building,” Abraham said.
He continued: “Certain areas that were just sheeting on the wall, we have put up blocks and reinforced with concrete. We have made the galvanize slightly heavier and added a lot more screws. So where we have recognized where the weak points in reference to the buildings we made sure that we strengthened those areas.”
He said the powerplant’s roof will be completed by the end of July.
“The few windows and the doors that blew out — we are hoping that they will be here and it will be installed between August and September. So based on the delivery on most of these things as some of them have to come from Europe, it is more than likely that we should be finished with the building improvements around the end of September.”
In the meantime, plans are also underway to have the other substations such as those based at Long Bush on Tortola and on Virgin Gorda repaired.
“We have quite a bit of assets to replace that was severely damaged and a few other substations here and there that were minimally damaged. So it’s quite a bit,” he said.
Like the rest of the territory, the BVIEC sustained severe damage during the 2017 hurricane season.
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