St. Kitts Department of Utilities Press Conference
Photo By Erasmus Williams
Basseterre, St. Kitts
October 10, 2008 (SKNIS)
The Department of Utilities has been making “an all out effort” to repair damages caused by a fire to control panels and two generators at the Needsmust Power Station on October 2.
At a press conference on Thursday, Minister of Utilities Honourable Dr. Earl Asim Martin said the briefing ““ which was the second in a seven day span ““ was designed to give the media and the public a greater understanding of the issues and a tentative timeframe as to the resolution of the problem.
“When we met last week, I [noted] that we were actually generating 15 megawatts of electricity [after the fire],” he said, which is considerably less than the 24 megawatts needed to accommodate the demand for power during peak hours. “We also indicated that, at that point we were working [to bring another] Caterpillar engine online to provide additional capacity to the system.”
“I am pleased to report that the Caterpillar is online and is, providing 2.5 additional megawatts of electricity at this time,” Minister Martin said.