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Vincentians may have to pay more for electricity following Christmas storm
Published on January 25, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- Residents of St Vincent and the Grenadines may have to pay more for electricity in the coming months, as a result of the damage sustained by the hydro stations of the St Vincent Electricity Services Limited (VINLEC) during last month’s torrential rains.

Chief executive officer of VINLEC, Thornley Myers, explained during a news conference how the natural disaster impacted the operations of the company.

Myers said that the damage inflicted by the floods and landslides of December 2013 will have an impact on the fuel surcharge paid by local electricity consumers.

He disclosed that VINLEC’s hydro stations were severely damaged as a result of the weather, resulting in a loss of hydro power, and that this will have implications for the cost of electricity production.

Myers said that VINLEC would have to spend about $10 million to repair the damage to the three hydro systems.

He also said that an additional $4 million would have to be spent on infrastructure that would be needed to prevent any damage which may occur in the future from a similar natural disaster.
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Peter Binose:

If VINLEC operatives were on duty Christmas Eve or at least been awake on the job, they could of taken measure to save any damage occuring.


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