BL&P says fault at Whitepark substation caused widespread power outage

Thousands of householders across Barbados started their day without electricity while businesses in The City and other key commercial hubs were forced to delay the start of operations today as a result of a major power outage.

The Barbados Light and Power Company Limited said the power cut began just before 6.a.m and affected large sections of the island.


Bridgetown was at a standstill early this morning.

In a statement issued after noon, the Company explained that a fault at its Whitepark substation caused the outage. It said investigations were continuing.

The BL&P said power was restored to areas along the south of the island, including parts of St. Philip shortly after 7 a.m., while other affected customers in Bridgetown and its outskirts and some central and eastern areas were restored by 10:27 a.m.

Service to the remaining affected customers in the north and west of the island was restored by 12:48 p.m.

12 Responses to BL&P says fault at Whitepark substation caused widespread power outage

  1. Vernon Chandler
    Vernon Chandler September 1, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    Was in Canada 2 years ago & there were 2 power outages in the space of a week & it was about 3 or 4 hours before power was restored each time.

  2. Bryan Hazelwood
    Bryan Hazelwood September 1, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    2 or three hours is pretty good restore time depending on where the outage is. Some of our distribution Circuits extend 50km or more from a substation in rural areas. In winter snow covered conditions it can take awhile just to get to the fault location and then the restore work can begin. IF Lucky we can isolate the faulted section remotely from the control room once the fault location is known and thereby restoring most customers even before the bad section is repaired.

  3. jrsmith September 1, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    As I always say failure of the politicians to upgrade and maintain the infrastructure of Barbados is coming to pass , no water, intermittent power outage , bad roads , bad transport , bad government building and a badly run hospital .. this is only the tip of the iceberg. All of this with very poor management all over the island…

  4. Vernon Chandler
    Vernon Chandler September 1, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    Ok. Just testing. U are hired.
    Well if it was up to me…lol

  5. Sophia Clarke
    Sophia Clarke September 1, 2016 at 3:25 pm


  6. Bryan Hazelwood
    Bryan Hazelwood September 1, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    Hey I have been hoping to use my skills and knowledge to become a full time useful member of the Barbados workforce…..Maybe one day.

  7. Alec Pierre September 1, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    Add to this, people having to wait over an hour to get processed by immigration and to find when their turn comes up they realize that there is ONLY ONE immigration officer on duty to process hundreds of Caricom citizens including Barbadians and ONLY ONE to process Internationals. That was my personal experience last night after traveling all day. To hear the negative comments which were being made about what we call our number INE industry whilst a big poster hangs overhead with the Minister of tourism extolling the virtues of BARBADOS as a tourism haven was really very embarrassing!

  8. Gavin Dawson
    Gavin Dawson September 1, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    Bryan Hazelwood,like as Vernon Chandler commented I agree, wish it was that simple, have you ever won the lottery? Then keep playing you have 100% better chance of winning than becoming a member of the Barbados workforce but as you say “one day”don’t hold your breath tho.

  9. Wayne P Hoyte
    Wayne P Hoyte September 1, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    Although people were affect this was a great way to really test how we deal with emergencies. I hope that many businesses do not complain as many of them dont put the necessary backups in place to handle such emergencies.

  10. Bryan Hazelwood
    Bryan Hazelwood September 1, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    Thank You Vernon Chandler,And I wish in NO way to take the place of a good and qualified Bajan,I just hoped that maybe my training may be of use.
    Barbados Light &Power is in fact Majority owned by Emera corporation which is based out of Nova Scotia Canada.

  11. Nolan Hall September 1, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    Vernon Chandler i was in New York in 2003 when there was a power blackout . I was without electricity for almost three days> whats your point?

  12. Phil September 1, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    That was a flimsy excuse by BL&P. I cannot figure out in this day and age how a “fault” at a substation san cause this entire Island to be without power. Explain that so called fault. Oh I see, it’s a clever way to baffle people. This tells me that BL&P can manipulate Barbados’ economical infrastructure with the flick of a switch. EMERA oh EMERA, Thy ill is done.


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