The St. Kitts Electricity Company (SKELEC) is testing out a new alternator that has been added to a six-megawatt generator, at the power station. The addition of this new piece of equipment allows added power and the leeway to make some improvements to the capacity of other generators.
This was disclosed by Hon. Konris Maynard, Minister of Public Infrastructure, who has responsibility for SKELEC, as he provided a summary of a recent walk-through of the power plant.
“This means in a short time that that they will officially hand over to operations added capacity of six megawatts of power to the plant. This is great news as it means that we have added some capacity so that we can complete other tasks in the plant such as attacking other generators,” Minister Maynard stated.
Hon. Maynard also revealed that the Ministry of Public Infrastructure is aiming to complete another major upgrade by the end of 2023, through the addition of another three megawatts of extra capacity to the power station.
The Minister responsible for SKELEC expressed his appreciation to his team for their commitment to ensuring that there is a dedicated power supply throughout the island.
Meanwhile, SKELEC continues to provide opportunities for employee development. A team of employees placed second in the Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC) Line-workers Rodeo, in St. Lucia, over the past weekend. Akeem Williams and Jahmarie Williams won second in the categories of Hurtman Rescue, Hurtman Splice & Snatch Block Stringing, Pole Speed Climb and Hurtman Splice.
The Field Safety Training & Rodeo Competition was held under the theme Championing Caribbean Line Workers for a Resilient Energy Future. It aimed to build on the success of CARILEC’s Line Worker Reserve Corps Training conducted late last year, which focused on technical aspects of post-disaster power line and electric infrastructure restoration, safety, and security.