Barbados was left without power for several hours today as a result of an explosion at the Barbados Light & Power Company’s substation in Seawell, Christ Church.
Just after 2:30 p.m. the island wide blackout occurred, moments before the swearing in of the island’s eighth Governor General Dame Sandra Mason.
However, moving swiftly, the utility company was able to restore power to sections of The City, including Government House and the Parliament buildings where the highly anticipated swearing in ceremony took place.
Managing Director of the BL&P Roger Blackman said emergency crews were working feverishly to ensure power was restored tonight, explaining that up to 7:30 p.m. electricity had been restored to about two-thirds of customers.
He could not say exactly what parts of the island were still without electricity.
“The outage occurred at 2:30 this afternoon and it was triggered by an explosion at one of our substations in Christ Church, the Seawell substation to be specific,” he said.
“That resulted in the loss in generation and island wide outage that we experienced. We responded immediately by sending crews to the scene and the Barbados Fire Service also responded immediately,” Blackman told reporters in a teleconference call this evening.
He said while there were no injuries, there was damage to one piece of the company’s equipment at the Seawell location. Blackman said given where the explosion took place, it would take some time to investigate and determine how much damage was done.