Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands April 28, 2017 – FortisTCI (the Company) has purchased three new Caterpillar 3516 B generating units for the Grand Turk power plant, following the loss of four generation units during February and March of this year. The new units, rated at 1.4MW each, were purchased last week.
The Company has confirmed that one unit will ship today, Friday, April 28, 2017, with an expected arrival on Grand Turk of Tuesday, May 2, 2017. The installation will begin immediately upon arrival and commissioning of the first unit is expected within ten days of commencing installation work. The additional two units will be shipped on Monday, May 1, 2017.
Turks and Caicos Utilities, a FortisTCI subsidiary, has experienced an extraordinary sequence of incidents involving equipment failure both on the Transmission and Distribution (T&D) system and at the South Base Plant. The generation failures have all been catastrophic, which is unprecedented in FortisTCI’s history.
This has left the plant with degraded generating capacity. The frequency of recent outages is not consistent with the Company’s high expectations for reliability nor the level of service that the Company strives for and has historically delivered to customers.
President and CEO Eddinton Powell said, “We recognize the impact that this series of outages is havingon our customers on Grand Turk. Electrical systems, even small systems like Grand Turk’s, are not “plug-
and-play,” but are complex hardened infrastructure facilities. We are doing everything possible to address the situation and return the service to the level of reliability that our customers deserve and have come to expect.”
In the meantime, the Company has redeployed several trailer-mounted generation units from Providenciales to Grand Turk to help stabilize the situation. Mr. Powell added, “We are working as hard as we can to return the system to normalcy, but it will take time for the new permanent generation resources to be put in place.”
The recent incidences impacting service to customers on Grand Turk are a major focus for the Company as the situation there remains unstable. As a result, a team of Electrical and Mechanical Technicians have been deployed to provide support and to conduct a review to strengthen the overall system. A T&D team is also currently performing thermal scanning of the T&D system to locate potential hotspots as a preventative measure and means of avoiding as many future outages as possible.
FortisTCI assures customers that the Company is committed to, and working continuously on delivering a safe and reliable service to Grand Turk. The Company will continue to issue regular updates and notices to keep customers informed.
Woman dies on Tuesday; 32nd Covid Death for Turks & Caicos
By Dana Malcolm
#TurksandCaicos, January 20, 2022 – The Turks and Caicos has recorded its 32nd death related to COVID-19.
The person, who we are told is a special needs young woman – was unvaccinated and had underlying medical conditions.
The death rate in the Turks and Caicos of both vaccinated and unvaccinated persons has climbed alarmingly this year. In the 21-month period from March 2020 when the country recorded its first case to December 2021, there were 26 deaths recorded in the TCI.
In the 19 days since the start of 2022 that number has increased to 32; which means six deaths already in January.
Cruising should slow down says PAHO
By Dana Malcolm
‘Slow down on Cruising’, that’s the word from the Pan American Health Organization, PAHO in their latest recent press conference.
“In the context of intense transmission, due to the Omicron variant as we have highlighted several times. It is just logical to suspend or at least limit the cruise ship traffic as an outbreak on board might end up exceedingly high and probably will go beyond the capacity of local health services”
Both the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos are experiencing a massive uptick in cases and several warnings regarding cruise travel have been issued by the US Centers for Disease Control.
Cruising just resumed for many regional countries this past Summer, Turks and Caicos was among the latest to restart on December 13.
A stop to sailing would be devastating to economies, however, ports of call like Grand Turk which are reeling with rocketing case numbers of COVID are urged to consider the suggestion of slowing down on ships by PAHO.
Cayman gets its second ‘Sir’; former Premier Alden McLaughlin knighted on Jan 1
By Dana Malcolm
#Cayman, January 20, 2022 – Former Premier of Cayman Alden McLaughlin was knighted at the start of 2022; named in the Queen’s New Year Honors List. He is only the second Caymanian to have ever received a knighthood from her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Current Governor, Martyn Roper extended congratulations saying, “This is an outstanding personal achievement for former Premier McLaughlin, one of the most important and impactful political leaders in Cayman over the last 21 years. It is a significant moment for our islands. This historic award is only the second ever Knighthood to a Caymanian since the first in the 1990s. It is a strong signal of the respect in which Cayman is held and a visible demonstration of the progress Cayman has made as a vibrant democracy with strong good governance foundations.”
Sir McLaughlin, who is also now a QC attorney, served two terms as premier and had a career in politics that spanned 21 years. McLaughlin is known for his role in modernizing Cayman’s constitution.
Current premier G. Wayne Panton described the occasion as a unifying moment for the country saying, This is a day of celebration and great pride for all Caymanians as a son of our soil has been bestowed one of the highest honour. Today marks a new and most unique storyline in the history of the Cayman Islands. In considering the rarity and magnitude of this occasion, this is certainly a unifying moment for our community.”
Sir Alden McLaughlin, 60, was appointed as a Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George on January 1, 2022.
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