BELCO Clarifies Use Of Liquid Natural Gas

June 10, 2019

BELCO has clarified the use of Liquid Natural Gas [LNG] in Bermuda as it relates to the North Power Station [NPS] currently being built at the Company’s Serpentine Road Plant.

“The Bermuda Electric Light Company’s new North Power Station [NPS] is being built to provide base load electricity for Bermuda and replaces generating units that have reached the end of their useful life,” a spokesperson said.

“The new engines being installed are dual fuel and can run on traditional fuel oil or natural gas. The decision was made to install these dual fuel engines as a forward-looking measure, in the event the Regulatory Authority [RA], when issuing the Integrated Resource Plan [IRP], determines that Natural Gas should be used as a fuel for electricity generation in Bermuda. This would also have to be approved in legislation under a Fuel’s Policy.

“Currently BELCO does not use LNG as a fuel and there is no facility on the island capable of supplying LNG. It was never an intention of BELCO to build an LNG facility.

“BELCO is licensed to provide our customers with stable, reliable and safe electricity and the only way to currently fulfil the terms of the Company’s license is using traditional generating units to produce electricity.

“Once the IRP is finalised by the RA Bermuda will have a road map for our energy future. The management and staff of BELCO fully support renewable energy sources and look forward to increasing their use in the future.

“It should also be noted that Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. is committed to contributing to a sustainable energy and water future and has adopted several core principles which include:

  • A commitment to building and operating their business such that the Company makes a positive and durable contribution to a sustainable energy and water future.
  • The Company strives to deploy emerging technologies and business models in the delivery of clean, efficient and reliable energy at a fair price to facilitate the transition to low carbon emission communities.
  • The Company believes diversity and inclusion results in a more just society and resilient communities.
  • The Company seeks open dialogue and collaboration with the communities in which they operate and views good governance practices as an essential element in the pursuit of positive and balanced outcomes for our business, our workforce, our shareholders and our communities.”

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  1. Kathy says:

    “It was never an intention of BELCO to build an LNG facility.”

    What a load of bollocks! This statement should be corrected immediately by the spokesperson.

    In 2014, the following came out of Walter Higgins’ mouth.

    “Mr. Higgins said the initial rollout of renewable and energy efficiency measures contained within the IRP could begin within one year, but transitioning to LNG will take longer.”

    “The IRP is complex and requires a year of additional planning and consultation to arrive at a planning and regulatory framework which will work for customers and investors,” said Mr. Higgins.

    “Renewable pilot projects are already underway and energy efficiency measures could begin once there is regulatory approval. It is estimated it will take three to five years to build the LNG infrastructure, and this, too, will lead to reduced costs, as LNG has lower and less volatile pricing than the fuel oil we presently use. LNG is also cleaner with fewer emissions entering the environment.”

    • NCM says:

      Kathy, calm down. Nowhere in Mr. Higgins’ statement that you have posted does he say Belco intends to build an LNG plant. He refers to it as a fuel for the future that could be used by Belco once the IRP has been written and approved.

  2. puma says:

    Seriously …you can just do what I do in next five to ten years…bloom energy cube.
    It currently powers Google and eBay.

  3. mumbojumbo says:

    In or about 5-10 years for under $3000 dollars you can power your own house with aformentioned.