Posted: Tuesday, June 6, 2023. 6:58 pm CST.
By Breaking Belize News Staff: Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) is increasing its contingency strategies as Blair Athol Power Company Limited (BAPCOL) has announced an extended unavailability period for their power plant for urgent maintenance. This proactive response is intended to avert possible disruptions in the country’s electricity supply for the remaining part of the month.
These recent developments come as Belize continues to experience unprecedented high levels of electricity usage due to persisting hot and humid weather and isolated evening thunderstorms. The unavailability of BAPCOL’s power plant may potentially lead to supply disruptions, especially during early afternoons and nighttime, if supply is lost from the Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) in Mexico or the Fortis Belize hydro plants.
While BAPCOL’s power plant is offline, critical repairs to the transmission line segment that connects CFE to BEL’s central substation will be put on hold. The transmission line, located at Mile 8 on the George Price Highway, is a vital part of the country’s power infrastructure.
Despite the challenges, BEL assures its customers that it is working diligently with BAPCOL and other bulk power suppliers to address the shortage of in-country generation. Customers are also urged to help by practicing energy conservation to alleviate excess demand for electricity.
Meanwhile, BEL is implementing its long-term plan to enhance system capacity and reliability by expanding renewable energy generation in Belize, installing battery storage solutions at strategic locations, and upgrading transmission, substations, and distribution networks. These efforts form part of BEL’s mission to provide safe, reliable, and sustainable energy solutions for its customers and contribute to the growth and development of Belize.
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