PRIME MINISTER PROMISES A RETURN TO ELECTRICITY STABILITY AFTER CONSECUTIVE DAYS OF ISLAND-WIDE OUTAGES AFFECT BARBADOS
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Friday November 22, 2019 – Government has vowed to do all in its power to bring back stability and normalcy to Barbados after two days of extensive power outages.
Prime Minister Mia Mottley expressed this commitment to the country after a 90-minute meeting with a team from Barbados Light and Power (BL&P)
and its parent company Emera, led by Chief Operating Officer and Chair of the Board for Emera Caribbean and Barbados, Rick Janega, as well as public officials.
“This Government will not accept anything less than absolute resilience and redundancy in the provision of power to the people of this nation. We have worked too hard as a Government over the course of the last 18 months to stabilize this nation….This country has worked too hard; you have given up too much as Bajans for us now to be impaired in this manner and we have all agreed that we will work beyond the call of duty to stabilize the situation,” she said.
“This Government must give…everyone the comfort that the things to which we have become accustomed with respect to access to light, water and all other basic services…must be returned to normalcy and standards that become the envy of not just the region but the world. Our Government will work to make sure that happens.”
The Prime Minister said the BL&P would be bringing in teams from as far as Korea to assist in dealing with the issues.
She stated that additional generating capacity was required and the BL&P officials would have to make a decision on that matter, which would give the country the comfort of an additional, at minimum, 30 megawatts of power.
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