Press Release

Ministry of Transportation Works and Utilities
BVI Electricity Corporation
Release Date:
Thursday, 25 February 2016 - 5:30pm

Trenching for the installation of the two new 34.5 KV transmission cables is said to be ongoing as part of the Phase V Development Programme. 

The BVI Electricity Corporation said in a statement that during the course of the upcoming week, works will be continuing in the Sea Cows Bay area and will continue over the hill near Ebenezer Thomas Primary School and down the Paul P. Wattley Drive.

Minister for Communications and Works, Honourable Mark Vanterpool has stated that the Territory has gotten very close in the last two to three years to meeting its maximum electrical demand.

He said, “Phase V is to increase the capacity to meet the growing demand and hopefully after this we will not have as much power outages as we normally have.”

This element of the project is associated with the installation of additional interconnecting transmission cables and will upgrade the power distributing capacity of the British Virgin Islands Electricity Corporation’s grid.

Two diesel-fired generators will also be installed in conjunction with these upgrades which will add production capacity of over 16 megawatts of electrical power.

Motorists are asked to proceed with caution in the affected areas and to adhere to all safety signs and road officers while works are in progress.

The Government continues to urge residents to conserve energy wherever possible, including switching to LED lights or turning off lights and appliances when they are not in use. Road works associated with the installation of the transmission cables are about 50 percent complete and are expected to continue until April 30. K-Line International and their sub-contractors Sandwise BVI Limited are undertaking the works.       

Author

Nekita Turnbull

Information Officer II
Department of Information & Public Relations 
Telephone: 468-2730
Email:  Neturnbull@gov.vg