St. Maarten News – Public utilities company NV GEBE has assured the public every effort is being made to have all issues resolved and supply stable and consistent electricity. In a press release from NV GEBE stated that three engines that provide a total of 18 Megawatt of power are being repaired and or overhauled. Engine #17 overhaul should be completed by this weekend. Presently, engine #12 intake valve was damaged and is being repaired and engine #7 that was damaged by a fire is awaiting parts that has a delivery time of about ten weeks.
Over the weekend engine #14 developed a mechanical failure during operation, upon inspection a pushrod was damaged and this was repaired shortly after the engine had some time to cool down. The maintenance department did all that was in their power to have the engine back in operation the very same day.
In addition, last week one of the largest engines that provides 11 Megawatt of power experienced an electrical problem at three different occasion with different causes that resulted in load shedding across the island.
By this weekend NV GEBE engines that are down for repair and overhaul should be back online to reduce the chance of load shedding. “However with that said there is one 8 Megawatt engine that is pending overhaul in the next week or two which should last 3 – 4 week before being put back in operation,” the release from the company said.
Source: Today SXM GEBE says efforts being made to supply stable power