Cited for the difficulties are “technical glitches at the Prospect Power Plant”, and company authorities have indicated that a load-shedding program will be introduced.
According to Swanston, the major problem occurred when an attempt was made to service one of the old electricity generators. During the process, a technical problem developed in the new 2.5 megawatt generating unit that was commissioned in 2015.
An earlier problem on another of the older generating sets also makes the situation more difficult. A few days ago, Swanston said, “We developed a leak on one of our turbo chargers on another of the sets. Please be advised, therefore, that until further notice, there will be intermittent periods of load shedding islandwide.”
The acting general manager noted that most of the generating sets at the power plant are outdated and parts are not readily available and have to be fabricated off-island upon request. As a result, Swanston said the lack of capacity makes it extremely difficult to service the older units.
Meanwhile, a part replacement should be on Nevis shortly to be installed on the new 2.5 megawatt generating unit.
Addressing consumers on Nevis, Swanston said, “We crave your patience and understanding, as we continue to work assiduously on the problem to have the power restored in the shortest possible time.”