It has been an exceptionally hot summer and managing the heat has gotten a little more challenging as the St. Kitts Electricity Company (SKELEC) has revealed one of its largest generating unit has failed, forcing them to implement load sharing throughout the island.
A statement said the unit has to be taken out of service to prevent severe equipment failure and additional generators will have to be brought in from outside to ensure generating capacity.
“On September 7, 2019, during routine maintenance on our largest generating unit at the Needsmust Power Station, engineers discovered damage to the unit that could lead to severe equipment failure. In order to execute repairs and prevent further damage, the unit will have to be placed offline (out of service) for up to fourteen (14) days.
Repair work has already begun and SKELEC has also sought additional assistance from regional and international partners to fast track repairs. Additional generators have also been procured ahead of schedule in light of the recent breakdown. The additional units are expected to be on island and installed within two (2) weeks,” the statement said.
SKELEC informed that while repairs are being done and the additional units are installed, it may become necessary to commence a series of planned outages to mitigate against the loss of generation capacity.
There are scheduled outages for the Dieppe Bay to St. Paul’s, Sandy Point to Conyers,Tabernacle to Dieppe Bay, Canada Estate to Conaree, Shadwell to West Fram and the Industrial Site and Bird Rock areas for tomorrow, September 10.