BL&P explains two recent power cuts

As investigations continue into last weekend’s fire, which triggered a major power outage in the north, the Barbados Light & Power Company (BL&P) says it already knows the source of the blackout.

Apologizing for the inconvenience to those affected, the company said, the outage was the result of a 7:35 p.m. fire at its substation in St Thomas. This caused a number of customers in the north of the island to be without electricity on Saturday night for close to three hours.

Power was restored to all customers by 10:30 p.m.

“Officials from the Light & Power responded to a report at approximately 7:35 p.m. that there was smoke coming from the substation building. Fire service officials responded to the report,” the company said in a statement.

“The situation was brought under control and the substation has been electrically isolated. An investigation is being conducted into the cause of the fire,” it added.

Meantime, BL&P crews were busy today seeking to restore power to the Barbados Revenue Authority’s (BRA) Pine, St Michael location after it was affected by a power surge this morning.

As a result of that outage, the BRA complex, which houses the licensing authority, was closed for business.

However, customers doing business with the revenue collection agency were advised to use any of BRA’s other five locations across the island.

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