Premier Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith has announced that the load shedding issue that plagued the Territory is a thing of the past. The Territory now looks forward to a future with no load shedding.
During his Budget Address, the BVI Leader announced that he is aware that residents were bothered by load shedding, and he stated that the issue has been solved. Hon. Smith said: “For several months of this year, due to mandatory load shedding, residents on Tortola, especially those outside the corporate area of Road Town, suffered frequent power outages. I thank you for your patience and am pleased that, that period is now behind us as both of the engines have now been repaired.”
The Premier added: “We remain steadfast in our pledge to reduce the Territory’s dependency on traditional fossil fuel energy generation. As a Territory, we must modernize our energy efforts. We have committed to moving forward with the BVI Electricity Corporation Phase V Development. Phase V will add two new propane gas engines and two new transmission lines to BVIEC ‘s arsenal. The propane engines utilize approximately 66 percent of fuel consumption of the traditional diesel engines and are more environmentally friendly. Phase V will increase the Territory’s power generation capacity by 13.6 MW or approximately 33 percent.”
Over the past two months, the Territory has suffered some power outages, and Minister for Communications and at that time Works, Hon. Mark Vanterpool announced that the matter was being addressed.
Hon. Vanterpool told the House of Assembly during the 25 September sitting that the outages were as a result of units six, eight and nine failing at different times between May and July this year.
The Communications and Works Minister said that the BVIEC is aware of the inconveniences caused by the load shedding and the anxieties of the general public in the face of the upcoming Tourist Season.