The Grand Bahama Power Company announced today the on island arrival of what will total 54 rental units of generation. The units that were sourced from Aggreko, a global leader in generator rental, will represent an additional 35 MW of supplemental generation. When coupled with the 10MW units, added last year June, this will amount to 45 MW of supplemental generation for the island.
Company executives explained that this new generation will improve reliability for their customers. The overall efficiency and better heat rate performance of the rental units, as compared to the combustion turbines, will mean a stabilization of fuel costs that tend to be more volatile with the usage of the less efficient units. “The high level of efficiency also spells good news for customers of the Grand Bahama Power Company”, said Whitney Heastie, Vice President of Generation, “not only will they help provide reliable power service but will level out fuel costs.”
According to Ray Robinson, Executive Chairman of the Grand Bahama Power Company, the supplemental generation represents a short-term solution in Emera’s commitment to increase the overall level of reliability experienced by the customers of Grand Bahama Power. “We realize that the level of reliability that the residents of this island have been experiencing is nowhere near the standard that it should be. For those reasons, I am very pleased to put in place an interim solution that will not only provide an immediate solution for a significant reduction in customer interruptions, but will provide some economic and employment opportunities for Bahamians in operating and maintaining the additional units.”
While the rental generators will help with this summer’s demands, plans are already underway to build a new generation station on Grand Bahama for 2012. Since acquiring majority ownership of GBPC last December, Emera has been committed to improving reliability for GBPC customers and will announce information about the plant shortly.