& CLEANER ENERGY
The North Power Station has been commissioned at our existing Pembroke facility. It houses our high-efficiency, four dual-fuel replacement generation engines.
A NEW ERA OF POWER GENERATION
On April 1st 2020, after many years of planning and construction, the North Power Station came online to generate Bermuda’s base load electricity requirement. The new plant is much cleaner, quieter and more efficient than the previous engines. The dual-fuel replacement generation engines will run on fuel oil.
THE PREVIOUS SITUATION
Nearly 50% of our current generating capacity (80 MW) was produced by eight old generators, which were unreliable, costly to maintain and at risk of catastrophic failure. Replacing the aged generators was more cost-effective than continuing to operate and maintain them. The old generators are scheduled to be decommissioned by 2020.
Construction of the North Power Station began in October 2018, once approval was granted by the Regulatory Authority. It is comprised of four 14-megawatt dual-fuel engines that will provide 56 megawatts of power. The new engines utilise the latest technology and will be more automated, efficient and quieter than the engines they replace.
Many entities were involved with bringing the North Power Station to fruition, including the Government of Bermuda, the Regulatory Authority, iEPC, the staff at BELCO – particularly the project management team, contractors BWSC, numerous local subcontractors and shipping agents who arranged for the delivery of the engines and equipment. We would like to extend sincere thanks to our neighbours and the community for their support and patience during the construction phase.
This construction project provided a much-needed boost to our economy and jobs for Bermudians. The plant is now fully operated by BELCO staff.
The replacement generation is complemented by our Battery Energy Storage System (BESS), which further increases the fuel efficiency of our generation system, supports electricity power system stability and ultimately helps reduce customer rates.