35 linesmen have arrived to assist the British Virgin Islands Electricity Corporation (BVIEC) with the restoration of electricity in the Territory.
General Manager, Mr. Leroy Abraham said, “We just received a team from Jamaica, Magtech Enterprise Co., so approximately 35 linesmen were engaged. They came in on December 3 and we have them split amongst the various local teams that are here.”
Additionally, he said the team from Jamaica will be here for a period of three months and will also be working on the sister island of Jost Van Dyke.
With the approaching holiday season, various visiting teams will be returning home for the break. However, Magtech will be here during the Christmas season to assist the BVIEC with restoration.
“Magtech will be the last team arriving to the Territory for the remainder of the year. The Varlard team engaged by the UK Government will likewise be demobilizing before Christmas” Mr. Abraham said.
Teams that are demobilising are expected to return to the BVI in January.
Mr. Abraham said, “We do not have definitive and confirmed dates of when they will be coming back or which teams will be remobilised but we do expect the return of a few teams from our sister utility companies.”
The corporation is achieving a lot of progress since the passage of Hurricane Irma which left the Territory in darkness from a 90 percent destroyed electricity grid. To date, Anegada is 99 percent restored, as well as 80 percent of Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke, with works progressing on Virgin Gorda and Tortola.
The British Virgin Islands Electricity Corporation thanks the public for their patience as they work towards full restoration.