Explosions were heard at the Bahamas Electricity Corporation’s Marsh Harbour power plant compound when a bush fire hit several oil drums.
A report has rvealed that BEC’s main Clifton Pier Power Station suffered a forced outage rate that was two-three times’ the international industry average.
Minister of Labour Dion Foulkes has declared the election of top BEC union official, Dexter Cartwright, as “null and void”.
A confidential report for the Government by German consultants show that over 2000,000 hours of staff overtime was booked by BEC employees during its 2009 financial year.
Bahamas Electrical Utility Managerial Union President Irvin Dean said they are preparing for a “shock and awe” strike campaign if the executive management team of the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) does not come to a concensus with his union over pay increases and a new industrial agreement.
While the majority of the Bahamas Electricity Corporation managers returned to work yesterday, the threat of a strike vote still looms over the government-owned entity if executives fail to meet with the union to negotiate a new industrial agreement.
Around $24 million is lost each year at the Bahamas Electricity Corporation, to technical and non-technical bleeding that includes everything from inadequate systems to power theft by customers.
Police have arrested two employees of the Bahamas Electricity Corporation in connection with last week’s brazen daytime robbery of copper wire.
BEC’s dwindling finances have left the corporation unable to maintain the equipment that generates energy on a regular basis and unable to afford the tools to repair the now dilapidated machinery.