Seawell explosion results in island wide power outage

Barbados was left without power for several hours today as a result of an explosion at the Barbados Light & Power Company’s substation in Seawell, Christ Church.

Just after 2:30 p.m. the island wide blackout occurred, moments before the swearing in of the island’s eighth Governor General Dame Sandra Mason.

However, moving swiftly, the utility company was able to restore power to sections of The City, including Government House and the Parliament buildings where the highly anticipated swearing in ceremony took place.

Roger Blackman

Managing Director of the BL&P Roger Blackman said emergency crews were working feverishly to ensure power was restored tonight, explaining that up to 7:30 p.m. electricity had been restored to about two-thirds of customers.

He could not say exactly what parts of the island were still without electricity.

“The outage occurred at 2:30 this afternoon and it was triggered by an explosion at one of our substations in Christ Church, the Seawell substation to be specific,” he said.

“That resulted in the loss in generation and island wide outage that we experienced. We responded immediately by sending crews to the scene and the Barbados Fire Service also responded immediately,” Blackman told reporters in a teleconference call this evening.

He said while there were no injuries, there was damage to one piece of the company’s equipment at the Seawell location. Blackman said given where the explosion took place, it would take some time to investigate and determine how much damage was done.

10 Responses to Seawell explosion results in island wide power outage

  1. archy perch January 9, 2018 at 2:54 am

    BL&P sub-station explosion, could be a premature BLP explosion even before general elections are called.
    The bell has not yet been rung, but the horses are galloping naked down Broad Street, with yardfowls and ducks basking in facial glee. The promise of a basket of goodies lays at the finish line. At the bottom of that basket lies the Treasury and boy does this wet the crooked BLP appetite
    But Bay Street is in the other direction.

  2. Harry January 9, 2018 at 7:43 am

    what a load of sewerage from Archy

  3. luther thorne January 9, 2018 at 8:39 am

    Utter Rubbish from Light and Power !
    Nearly 10 hours without power in some areas. Off and On in some areas. Barbados regressing.

    • Leroy January 9, 2018 at 11:50 am

      it was an accident, give them a break,, if you rate all services in bim, youll find the bl&p at the top.
      During the outtage, i took time to sit and do nothing but clear my mind, which during your busy days you hardly do

  4. milli watt January 9, 2018 at 10:21 am

    this company has had this problem with faults feeding back to the generating plant at Spring Garden (remember the monkey) for years. The system ought to have isolated the fault containing it to the substation.

  5. milli watt January 9, 2018 at 10:30 am

    I believe this BL&P could be this island next BWA check this link circulating about the EMERA OWNERS

  6. Belfast January 9, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    BL&P still remains one of the most efficient companies in Barbados.

  7. DE January 9, 2018 at 8:19 pm

    @ Belfast, that is like say Barbados is still a safe place.

    What I do not understand is why a sub station would shut down an entire island. Since the take over of the BLP by the present company, this country has been having severe power outages.
    The redundancy of the BLP system is very poor. Shouldn’t there be a breaker system between the sub stations that should isolate the faulty sub station from the system. What is the government and the regulator doing about this developing situation at the BLP.

  8. DE January 9, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    This country have a lot of intelligent, technical people who are being replace by a lot of non nationals who talk fast and pretty but lost in action. All that is taking us back to the days of old.

  9. Falernum January 10, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    My only beef is that there was not enough adequate communication. Visitors were left baffled, unfed, sweltering and generally ignored. They will relate this story back home as another example of Barbados’ unfitness for a future visit.


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