Following a malfunction of the generator system currently powering Jost Van Dyke, the island experienced a full power outage from 5:59 p.m. Sunday until 3:30 p.m. on Monday, according to the BVI Electricity Corporation.
The generator system is a temporary measure implemented recently after the subsea cable that usually supplies the island with power was damaged, the BVIEC stated in a Sunday night update.
“As of this evening, several steps are being taken to restore the power to the island in the coming hours,” the update stated. “Please be assured of the BVIEC’s focused and sustained efforts to provide the residents of JVD with power as soon as possible. We will keep you updated on our progress as more information becomes available.”
In response to a Beacon query, BVIEC General Manager Dr. Neil Smith said Tuesday that power had been restored at 3:30 p.m. Monday.
“The issues on the generator are resolved,” he wrote. “We are still waiting on material for repair on the subsea cable.”
The Beacon did not receive previous information about the cable damage, but the BVIEC issued an update on Sept. 18 describing a fault “leading to the tripping of the West End feeder out of Pockwood Pond.” It added, “The problem was localised to Jost Van Dyke, and power was successfully restored to the rest of the feeder at approximately 3:20 a.m. Our team is actively working to resolve the issue on JVD.”