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BEC: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) is a government owned public corporation which is committed to providing customers with safe, reliable electricity in a most cost-efficient manner. BEC, the premier provider of electricity in The Bahamas, operates generation, transmission and distribution systems throughout the archipelagic nation. The Corporation operates 30 generating plants in 25 island locations and has more than 100,000 customers.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE::
Thursday, July 12, 2013
The Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) advises its customers in Abaco and the cays that it is
continuing to make upgrades and improvements to the electricity network despite persistent outages in
the past few weeks.
The Corporation states emphatically, that the outages are not caused by inadequate supply at the
Wilson City Power Station. Available generation capacity at that site exceeds peak demand for the
entire island of Abaco. However, there are some supplemental issues that BEC continues to address
with the original contractor of the power station.
Additionally, the Corporation explains that the outages have been caused by other factors including the
consistent theft of copper, inclement weather, planned outages for construction and maintenance, and
damage to submarine cables caused by boats trafficking the area between the mainland and cays.
BEC continues to address each of these challenges and must reiterate its overall commitment to
supplying Abaco and the cays with consistent electricity. With the completion of the Wilson City Power
Station and the necessary transmission line upgrade, the Corporation has made other key investments.
These investments include, the construction of a new primary substation at Marsh Harbour Power
Station; construction of a new substation on Matt Lowes Cay; and the installation of new protection
systems to specifically address lightning strikes .
The Corporation admits that the continued theft of copper from its infrastructure has been a significant
problem and has been responsible for a number of outages and the duration of each. Without copper
grounding, key equipment and material, such as overhead power lines are left vulnerable during
lightning strikes resulting in periods of power failure.
The Corporation has encouraged and continues to advise residents of Abaco that if they are aware of
copper theft to inform the police and/or BEC. Further, BEC warns that the practice of stealing copper is
a dangerous exercise and could result in serious injury, death, or property damage.
BEC apologizes to its residential and commercial customers who have been impacted by these outages
and assures them that it remains fully committed to providing Abaco with a safe and reliable supply of
electricity.

The Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) is a government owned public corporation which is committed to providing customers with safe, reliable electricity in a most cost-efficient manner. BEC, the premier provider of electricity in The Bahamas, operates generation, transmission and distribution systems throughout the archipelagic nation. The Corporation operates 30 generating plants in 25 island locations and has more than 100,000 customers.

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