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BEL deploys second team of linemen to Virgin Islands to help restore power

Posted: Wednesday, November 8, 2017. 10:31 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: On Monday Belize Electricity Ltd. (BEL) deployed a second team of five linemen to assist the British Virgin Island (BVI) Electricity Corporation with ongoing power restoration efforts after being battered by Hurricanes Irma and Maria earlier this year.

The five BEL linemen are joining teams from member utilities of the Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC) in providing support to BVI Electric Corporation with rebuilding its power distribution system.

The team is comprised of Wayne Lewis, Gregory Kerr, Manuel Lopez, Paul McCalla and George Neal, who will be stationed in BVI for four weeks.

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The first BEL team of five employees who departed the country in September, arrived back in Belize on Tuesday, November 7 after being stationed in Virgin Gorda for six weeks.

“When we arrived on the island, there were no standing utility poles or power lines. We had to salvage and reuse any available material because transporting materials to the island is a big challenge for the utility in BVI,” BEL Line Supervisor, Michael Nembhard said. “I am proud of our team for doing an excellent job, using our training and experience from Belize.”

To date, approximately 25% of BVI’s power system has been restored since the destruction caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in August and September.

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