The British Virgin Islands Electricity Corporation (BVIEC) will commemorate the completion of the Phase V Power Development Programme on Thursday, May 4, 10:00 a.m. at the Pockwood Pond Power Station.
General Manager for the BVIEC, Mr. Leroy Abraham said, “The completion of BVIEC's Phase V Power Station Extension Project is a paradigm shift with respect to the production of electrical energy within the Territory. It will provide a more reliable electricity supply and afford BVIEC the opportunity to perform both planned and unplanned maintenance on its generation assets.”
The public is invited to the celebration of this milestone as the corporation takes over full operation of the power station from contractor Wartsila and renames the facility. Attendees will also get a tour of the new extension and see operations first-hand.
Phase V consisted of an expansion to the Pockwood Pond building, the installation of three new Wartsila generators with a total capacity of 25.5 megawatts and two 34.5 kilovolt transmission cables upgrade between Pockwood Pond and Long Bush.
After the completion of Phase V the Territory’s Electrical power supply will have a capacity of 57.5 megawatts which is a 47 percent increase after units 1, 2 and 11 (sum capacity 5.5 megawatts) are retired. This completion also means that the power supply will be greater than the demand which will allow for reliable energy to the Territory.