Challenges have been overcome and electricity supply should be back to normal, APUA claims

This week’s Cabinet Notes indicate that the APUA water manager, its
chief financial officer and the manager of the Electricity Department

were invited to Cabinet to address three matters, including the
reasons behind the power outages this past weekend.
Reportedly, the electricity manager explained that, while
maintenance was being undertaken at the Friars Hill substation, a
failure led to automatic load-shedding – and that caused many
homeowners to suffer a loss of electricity.

Reportedly, a feeder was overloaded, and this caused a loss of 14
megawatts at Black Pine (the Antigua Power Company) to be out for
several hours.

However, according to the electricity manager, the challenges have
now been overcome and home owners can expect their electricity
supply to be back to normal.

In the meantime, the Government says that two massive tanks built
for liquid natural gas (LNG) storage have been installed near the
LNG Electricity Plant and should be commissioned in October.
The LNG plant reportedly will provide electricity that will exceed
the peak use of power by more than 10 megawatts.

Reports say the plant will be cheaper to operate and will reduce the
country’s carbon footprint. And the Government claims it will
become the property of APUA through a BOOT (Build, Own, Operate,
Transfer) arrangement.