Power station fire on Bimini under investigation

Jun 4, 2019 by Triton Staff

Government, insurance and power company officials are investigating the cause of the fire that burned the power plant in North Bimini in The Bahamas last week.

Electrical power was restored within the week to the majority of the area, according to several local news sources. Bahamas Power & Lights’ posted updates on Facebook as power was intermittent during repairs. Initial damage on May 28 was described this way:

“Preliminary inspections at Station B in Bimini suggest that the two primary generating units on the island of Bimini, each rated at 4.4 MW, have been irreparably damaged by the fire last evening. In addition to the engines and generators themselves, auxiliary equipment such as pumps, filters and electrical switchgear have also been destroyed by the blaze. These units represented the base load machines on the island.”

Power was restored to the entire island on June 1, according to company posts. To read more visit Tribune 242 and Eyewitness News

The Bimini Power Station blew up Monday evening, causing an islandwide blackout, according to the Bahamas Press.

The power station burst into flames, fanned by the hundreds of thousands of gallons of fuel reportedly stored at the facility. The blackout came after weeks of multiple power failures, according to the Press.

Read more and see videos at bahamaspress.com.