BVI Works Minister – Closing of old Power Plant

British Virgin Islands FlagHappy to hear that the long-standing power station in Long Bush near Road Town will soon be out of use, Works Minister Mark Vanterpool this morning urged the BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC) to ensure that the plant is retired ahead of the next general election.

His comment attracted laughter and applause during the launch of Phase V of the BVIEC’s power development plan, held at the Pockwood Pond power station.

General Manager of the BVIEC, Leroy Abraham, noted that Phase V of the plan will – among many other things -enable the government to cease operation of the Long Bush facility.

“It (Phase V), will finally see the retirement of the Long Bush power station as a means of energy production in the territory. The last operational unit at Long Bush was commissioned in 1983, and up to this morning it was running,” said the general manager.

Speaking shortly after Abraham, the Works Minister welcomed the announced retiring of the power plant, which he noted is located in the Fourth Electoral District which he represents in the House of Assembly.

Suggesting that the plant has been a noise nuisance, the minister urged the BVIEC to put it out of operation before the next elections which are due by early next year.

“I did hear the General Manger say he will soon discontinue making noise in Long Bush,” Vanterpool said. “That’s the Fourth District. So, I want to thank him. Hurry up and make it happen before the next election.”