The Grand Bahama Power Company (GBPC) held the opening ceremony on Monday, September 17, 2012 for their new West Sunrise Plant (WSP). The $80 million, 52 MW plant was fully operational in July of this year and is a key milestone in Emera's strategy of delivering efficient, reliable electrical service to customers across Grand Bahama Island. The West Sunrise Plant employs 35 highly skilled Bahamians who have successfully completed the company’s world class operator training program.
In attendance at the event was the Honourable Michael Darville, Minister for Grand Bahama and Member of Parliament for Pineridge, who gave the keynote address. Also in attendance, despite the unrelenting rain, were several government officials and representatives from the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA).
In his remarks at Monday's ceremony, Chris Huskilson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Emera Inc., highlighted the significance of the new plant to Emera's long term goals for Grand Bahama. "When Emera took over majority ownership of GBPC, we developed a three-step approach to improving the reliability and efficiency of electric service," he said. "First, we brought rental generation onto the Island to stabilize the system in the short term, and then began construction of the new plant to provide more efficient generation for the long term. Step three involves investigation of alternative renewables to better stabilize prices in the future."
Also speaking at the ceremony, Ian Fair, GBPA Chairman stated, "This new plant will not only serve as a reliable and efficient energy source but as an economic stimulus for Grand Bahama. Further employment opportunities now exist for skilled Bahamians to operate and maintain this world-class facility."
Minister Darville commended Grand Bahama Power on the achievement. "While the government appreciates your mammoth investment in power generation in Grand Bahama, we would like you to assist us in ensuring that Grand Bahamians see a significant decrease in the price of electricity, which will mutually benefit all stakeholders including your company."
To commemorate the opening of the plant and in keeping with its commitment to environmental stewardship, GBPC also announced the donation of a new gazebo to the Lucayan National Park.
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