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BVIEC: Electricity to be fully restored 30 days sooner

The BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC) has revealed that due to assistance from linesmen brought in from countries across the Caribbean and other areas, the territory’s electrical supply is likely to be fully restored 30 days earlier than anticipated.

“We estimate that these crews on the ground will help us to reduce our time on the ground to restore to the territory by approximately one month,” said Henry Creque who is the Deputy General Manager of the BVIEC.

It was initially projected that residents would not see full restoration until 2018 because of the widespread destruction of the territory’s electrical infrastructure caused by Hurricane Irma. Minister with responsibility for electricity Mark Vanterpool had stated after the hurricanes that it would take roughly six months to restore power to most of the territory.

But Creque indicated that the work to get the territory’s power supply up and running after the hurricane has been progressing far better than expected.

“We have had help from our colleagues from other utilities around the region including Aruba, Grenada, Belize, St. Vincent, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, St. Lucia, and some local temporary workers who we have employed temporarily, who have all come together to make this restoration effort very successful.”

Creque points out that apart from the crew members pulled from the different Caribbean Islands, a team was brought in from a utility contractor in Canada known as Valard.

The Canadian team which is made up of 27 members will focus their attention on restoring two of the three electrical feeder systems that have been out of operation, Creque said.

One of the systems is based on the western end of the island and supplies areas such as Harrigan Estate, upper MacNamara, Meyers, Chalwell, Threadfall Estate, Sage Mountain, Cane Garden Bay, Luck Hill, Soldier Hill, a section of Brewers Bay, Ballast Bay and parts of Windy Hill.

The other system runs from Long Swamp, next to the East End Police Station to Kingstown and supply all areas in between, according to Creque.

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