Strained BEC Must Increase Power To Meet Baha Mar Demands

Thursday 16th, September 2010 / 10:21 Published by

The Bahamas Electricity Corporation will have to increase its load capacity 7 to 11 percent to accommodate the projected power demand for the$2.6 billion Baha Mar resort.

BEC will have to create between 20 and 25 megawatts of additional power, in addition to various increases that will be required for various developments in the Family Islands, said Assistant General Manager of Energy Supply at BEC, Shevonn Cambridge.

He was speaking yesterday at the Wartsila Caribbean 2-Stroke Technical Days conference held at the Sheraton Resort, Cable Beach.

He said large projects have caused an increase in power demands, noting that the largest changes so far could be found outside of New Providence.

“Bimini actually had a load of about two megawatts up to four or five years ago, and now we’re having peaks of six to seven megawatts just because of the [Bimini Bay Resort] development,”Cambridge said.”We’ve seen similar things in Eleuthera where we have seen a five megawatt growth as a result of some projects there.”

Although load increases are noticeably higher in the Family Islands percentage wise, the 20-25 megawatts needed in order to cover the Baha Mar project is significant.

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