The Barbados Light & Power Company has made another step towards improving its power generating capacity.
In a media release today, the company announced it had signed an agreement with global energy company Wärtsilä to purchase a 33MW medium speed diesel power plant.
It will be installed by mid-2020, and while the new power plant will be equipped to operate on heavy fuel oil, it will be capable of being retrofitted to burn natural gas.
“We’re pleased that we have been able to reach this milestone in the project and, with the support of the Government of Barbados,” said Light & Power’s Managing Director Roger Blackman.
“This power plant, or Clean Energy Bridge project [CEB], will replace retiring generating capacity and reduce fuel imports and carbon emissions while supporting the transition to 100 per cent renewables.
“Indeed, even after the island achieves the renewable energy targets, we believe that the CEB will be necessary as a back-up for grid reliability and resiliency,” Blackman added.
Vice President of Wärtsilä Caribbean Inc. Rodney George said they were pleased to be selected as the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor for the project.