Falkland Islands announce limited power outage and water disruption
Power outage coming. The Power & Electrical Section informs the public that there will be a power outage on Thursday August 18 from 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., the following areas will be affected:
• Barrack Street between St Mary’s Walk and Ross Road
• Police huts
• The town hall
This power outage depends on weather conditions.
PWD’s Food and Electrical Section would like to thank the public for their cooperation during this time and apologize for any inconvenience caused. .
Water disturbance. The PWD Water Section would like to inform the public that on Wednesday August 17th and Thursday August 18th a section of Davis Street between Villiers Street and Dean Street will be closed.
This allows work to be carried out on a water connection, and households will not suffer any loss of water. Access to properties around the sector will be maintained and pedestrian paths will be maintained at all times.
The PWD Water Section would like to thank the public for their cooperation during this time and apologize for any inconvenience caused.
Separately, the Falklands Executive Council announced that at its July 26 meeting, the purchase of a new 1.6 MW generator for the power station had been approved.
Following the discovery of a generator set at Stanley Power Station which was unsafe to operate during a dismantling and overhaul, options were investigated for repair or to run the old generator at a reduced load, but this was not advised for safety reasons.
The cost of a new Bergen engine was redacted in the ExCo document, but it was stated that funds must be found in this year’s budget to replace the 35-year-old generator, as an emergency purchase.
It is also noted that a waiver from the bidding process will take place, as there is no time – in addition to the 36 week deadline – to bid for the generator.
The recommended option of purchasing the new engine, according to the document, “will reduce the load on the other conventional power station and allow the IPS (Interim Power Station) to last longer.”