Power will be fully restored to the British Virgin Islands by the end of March.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications and Works, Anthony McMaster said power has been restored to approximately 60 percent of the territory so far.
“We are expecting that by Easter, for the latest, you will have power 100 percent restored,” McMaster said.
He was speaking at a public consultation on Virgin Gorda this week.
Ninety-five percent electricity has been restored on that island.
Phase V project saved the BVI
The permanent secretary said most residents in the territory would still be without power had it not been for the BVI Electricity Corporation’s (BVIEC) Phase V Development Project.
The $50 million project saw the installation of three Wartsila power generators that have a combined capacity of 25.5 megawatts.
McMaster said the Phase V generators were the only section of the Pockwood Pond power plant that was still functional after Hurricane Irma last September. Other sections of the plant are still not operational to date, he added.
“So, had we not gone forward with Phase V, today we probably would have been fighting to get power and possibly still using generators maybe at a 100 in the territory,” he said.
McMaster said government’s next step is to develop its underground electricity network.
The hurricanes that hit the BVI last September damaged or destroyed nearly 100 percent of the territory’s electricity distribution network.
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