Barbados Light & Power Company Limited is in the dark about when or if it will be able to build a planned wind farm in St. Lucy.
More than two years after Government gave it the green light to proceed, BL&P has failed to negotiate an agreement to use land Barbados Farms Limited owns at Lamberts to place wind turbines so it can generate electricity. Barbados Farms is owned by Sagicor.
While the latest round of talks on the issue is scheduled to take place next week, neither BL&P Managing Director, Mark King, nor Chief Operating Officer and General Manager of Sagicor Life Inc’s Barbados Operations, J. Edward Clarke, could say when an agreement would be reached.
“Unfortunately we are still having discussions with the land owner on the matter of the farm and getting access to the land to put the turbines,” King said when Barbados TODAY questioned him on the issue.
“We are committed to that project, we have always been committed to that project from day one, but the issue is the procurement of the land. We are still in discussion, as a matter of fact I know that meetings are scheduled for next week again, we will be speaking with the land owners on the whole issue so it’s been an ongoing exercise.
“Land is a very precious commodity in Barbados and that is part of the challenge that we have trying to acquire that land.”
With the latest meeting pending, however, there was no indication of a breakthrough from Clarke.
Last August when questioned on the issue he responded: “We have held preliminary discussions about the project with BL&P and other technical experts. As a result of these discussions we have been sensitised as to what the project is likely to be all about but we have no further comments to make at this time.”
Contacted again in the wake of King’s latest response, all Clarke said today was: “Please note that we are still having discussions with the interested parties and are unable to give any further information to you at this time.”
Despite strong opposition from residents in the area of the proposed wind farm, in December 2010 Government gave BL&P permission to build the facility.
The power company had reached agreement with Barbados Farms to use the land before it was purchased by Sagicor. (SC)