Rental generation was a short term ‘fix’ to address our service reliability. In the longer term what was needed was a new, efficient power plant. In May 2011, agreements were signed with Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor and MAN Diesel & Turbo to construct GBPC’s new 52MW base-load plant. The new facility, known as West Sunrise Plant (WSP), was designed to house 6 state-of-the-art, high efficiency MAN diesel generator sets to ensure increased reliability and to help stabilize fuel costs for Grand Bahama Power’s customers.
A month later, ground was broken on 6 acres of land adjacent to GBPC’s current steam plant. At the height of construction, the new plant provided 70 construction-related jobs to Bahamians.
The 52 MW West Sunrise Plant, an $80 million investment, was fully operational in July of 2012 and represented a key milestone in Emera's strategy of improving service to our customers across Grand Bahama Island. The West Sunrise Plant currently employs 35 highly skilled Bahamians who have successfully completed the company’s world class operator training program.