Nassau, Bahamas – January 30, 2020 – Bahamas Power and Light (BPL), announced the launch of their “Winter Action Plan” on Tuesday with work set to commence on a generator unit at Station B of the Clifton Pier Power Station.
This is the first step in a comprehensive months long plan to ensure working generation units are properly brought offline for annual servicing and maintenance which in turn should extend the life of the unit. Much of the maintenance needs have been neglected over previous years leaving aging generation units teetering on the brink, and causing intermittent shut downs as the machines labor under untenable conditions.
“Part of our commitment to righting the ship at BPL is implementing a comprehensive machine servicing and maintenance plan during the non-peak seasons,” said Whitney Heastie, CEO of Bahamas Power and Light.
“Our goal is to make better use of those times to properly service and maintain the equipment and generation units we have on hand to ensure they are ready for the high-demand summer months. Proper procedures have been ignored and neglected for far too long, causing catastrophic system failures – we are working to make that a thing of the past by doing the necessary work to service the equipment.”
Generation unit DA13 has been targeted for the initial phase of the Winter Action Plan. DA13 has been in service at Clifton Pier since 2006, and accounts for up to 18 MW of power on a daily basis. The unit will be taken offline for a full system diagnostic along with needed servicing before being brought back onto the grid in early March. The work schedule is designed to avoid any disruption in service for customers as the work on the machine commences.
“Much of the work we can and should be doing in the non-peak season better prepares us to have the necessary capacity during the high peak seasons – like the summer. As we have stated before, the entire team here at BPL is committed to make sure we avoid a repeat of the summer we just went through, and we know righting the ship starts with servicing and maintaining the units that we have. We won’t waver in that commitment to our customers. The Winter Action Plan is another critical piece of our overall plan along with last month’s launch of the new Station A, with much more to come,” Heastie concluded.
PRESS RELEASE, BPL, JANUARY 28, 2020
Grand Bahama to be CARGO HUB, as Bahamas & Qatar ink MOU
#TheBahamas, September 29, 2023 – With moves to deepen ties, governments of The Bahamas and Qatar have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to solidify agreements in principle surrounding the development of aviation and other related services.
This is according to Chester Cooper, The Bahamas Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Investment and Aviation in a Facebook post.
This comes after The Bahamas Government in a press release on September 24th, revealed that Cooper, was set to meet with the head of Qatar Airways to have talks regarding “multiple mutually beneficial aviation opportunities for both countries.”
The release also said the deputy prime minister and the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investment and Aviation are working on “forging strategic partnerships with several Middle Eastern countries to strengthen ties to The Bahamas and the Caribbean,” and this new signing is indicative of such efforts.
Following the September 25th signing, on September 27th, Kenneth Romer, Deputy Director General of Tourism for The Bahamas informed via Facebook some details of the agreement saying, “we have now established a framework for cooperation and formed strategic partnerships with Qatar Airways, Qatar’s Transport, Aviation and Investment Agencies and The Qatar Aeronautical Academy, that will benefit our country.”
Regarding further efforts for the improvement of The Bahamas, Cooper announced on Facebook again on Tuesday September 26th that both countries are working to make Nassau a passenger hub for Latin America and the Caribbean adding that talks are being held for Grand Bahama as a cargo hub.
Additionally, as the press release informed, Cooper is preparing for an on ground visit of Bahamasair domestic operations by Qatar Airways Technical team sometime in October.
CUBAN MIGRANTS DETAINED ALONG EXUMA CHAIN
Defence Headquarters 28 SEP ’23: HMBS P-45 under the command of Chief Petty Officer Acadia Smith detained a group of Cuban migrants in Cistern Cay, Exuma on September 27, 2023, due to information received from a Good Samaritan vessel in the area that handed them over to the Royal Bahamas Defence Force.
Members of HMBS P-45 retrieved twenty-eight (28) Cuban nationals and transported them to HMBS Coral Harbour in New Providence. All individuals appeared to be in good health and will undergo further processing and assessment by Immigration officials.
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force remains dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in guarding our heritage and appreciates the sharing of information and intelligence provided by the boating community to affect migrants and other unlawful interdictions at sea.
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CTO mourns the passing of former chairman Obediah Wilchcombe
#BARBADOS (September 26, 2023) – The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) deeply mourns the loss of distinguished Bahamian leader and former chairman of the inter-regional body, Obediah Wilchcombe.
“We extend our heartfelt prayers and condolences to Minister Wilchcombe’s family, as well as the government and people of the Bahamas. He was a true champion for the people of the Bahamas and the wider Caribbean region,” remarked Kenneth Bryan, CTO Chairman and Minister of Tourism and Ports of the Cayman Islands.
Chairman Bryan recalled Minister Wilchcombe held the position of CTO Chairman twice (2002-2004 and 2016-2017) while serving as Minister of Tourism for the Bahamas, and contributed significantly to the advancement of sustainable tourism development in the Caribbean.
Chairman Bryan noted that the CTO plans to honor the life and legacy of “this eminent Bahamian leader” at the organization’s upcoming business meetings and the State of the Industry Conference (SOTIC) in Turks and Caicos next month.
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