Load shedding in coming weeks

PHILIPSBURG–Utilities Company GEBE said over the weekend that the public can expect load shedding in the coming weeks as it moves to overhaul one of its generators.

The company said on its Facebook page that it has started the overhaul for “Diesel Generator 16” and “there is a possibility that we will experience load shedding in the coming weeks.”

The company said it will update its customers about the load shedding “throughout the coming weeks.”

The community has been plagued by power outages several times this year. The company expects a more stable supply of electricity to be provided, once the new generator is installed. On September 15, the new 11.2 megawatt Wartsila engine arrived in the country.

The engine was offloaded at the harbour under the supervision of Wartsila technicians and GEBE’s Interim Managing Directors Iris Arrindell and Kenrick Chittick. The engine which has to be coupled with a generator (which is also on island), was expected to have been transported to its permanent location within 10 days of its arrival. The generator will replace aged generator units that have “plagued the company for the last few months with increased maintenance,” GEBE had said at the time. The newest phase of the power plant will help the water and light company continue to meet the increasing demand for power on the island.

Source: Daily Herald
Load shedding in coming weeks