Fire destroys GRENLEC’S main engine.

At approxiamtely 12:10pm on Sunday, the fire department was summoned to the Grenada Electricity Services Limited (GRENLEC), the island’s lone electricity company at Queen’s Park as one of the 6 engines had caught fire.Within five minutes the fire men were on the scene and quickly contained the fire.

Reports are that about 12 noon on Sunday, smoke was seen coming from the engine room, upon investigations it was noted that one engine was on fire and attempts were made by workers to contain the fire which proved futile resulting in shut down of the plant.

The fire department has been commended for the speedy work done on Sunday to prevent what may have been a disastrous situation.

GRENLEC says despite the damage done to the relatively new 5.5 mega watts engine which was installed in 2001 and has a twenty year life span, the company is able to meet the demands for electricity to the island.

The company now has a total capacity of 43.5 mega watts compared to 49 mega watts before the loss of the engine. The peak for the island is 30 mega watts.

Within one hour power was restored to St. George’s, while it took three hours to have the rest of the island restored.

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