Ginn Sur Mer and Grand Bahama Power Company Limited sign historic $12 million contract
Monday, 17 November 2008 07:26 B2B Bahamas
West End, Grand Bahama – Ginn Sur Mer and the Grand Bahama Power Company Limited signed a historic twelve million dollar contract on Saturday, November 15 2008, for a twenty-two mile 69 kv transmission line. This line is necessary to serve the increased load resulting from Ginn Sur Mer’s new development. The construction of this transmission line, along with the existing facilities, will continue to provide reliable electric service to the growing West End area.
With the $4.9 billion Ginn resort underway that includes 4,400 condominium and hotel units centered around an eighteen (18) story icon tower, residential homes, bungalows and the western hemisphere’s largest man made mega-yacht marina, the current electric distribution facilities do not have the capacity to service a development of this size and the requisite nearby population which will inevitably experience exponential growth.
New tubular steel and spun concrete poles will be installed and are built to withstand 150 mph hurricane strength winds. Engineering is underway presently and materials will be ordered by the end of the year for the first phase of this twenty two mile construction.
“This has been a long work in progress for us”, says E.O. Ferrell, Grand Bahama Power Company’s CEO and President, “we have been working diligently with the Ginn Sur Mer team to make it happen. This work will ensure that The Grand Bahama Power Company will be able to deliver quality service to our customers on Grand Bahama Island.”
“Ginn is pleased to partner with Grand Bahama Power Company. The resulting additional infrastructure will ensure capacity for further growth and development. We are delighted to be a part of this significant project which will ultimately benefit all persons in the Western District of Grand Bahama”, stated Bobby Ginn.
Grand Bahama Power Company has experience in this type of construction having recently built a 69 kv line on the East of the island. “The most crucial goal for us will be to construct the line to the west with as little disruption as possible to the communities in the path of the line as well as ensuring the safety of our employees and the public with minimal impact to the environment.” noted Derick King, GBPC Transmission and Distribution Director, “We will be subcontracting to local contractors, as well as, with US electrical contractors. They will work on the lines while they are “hot” or energized, allowing us to complete this expansion without inconvenience to residents”.
The signing of this Twelve Million Dollar ($12,000,000.00) contract represents the largest infrastructure investment in Grand Bahama for quite some time and the Ginn company is proud to be an integral partner in contributing to this and other community improvements being considered at present.
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