Saint Lucia businessman Everistus Jn Marie believes that more backup generators are needed on the Island.
Jn Marie spoke after Saint Lucia experienced a total electricity system shutdown Tuesday.
The shutdown began at 7:55 am and power was completely restored at 10.13 am, according to the Saint Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC).
LUCELEC blamed the outage on a major internal fault at its Cul de Sac station.
” The fault triggered the protection systems at the power station, resulting in a total System shutdown,” a statement from the power company said.
The matter is currently under investigation.
Everistus Jn Marie, who said his petrol station has back up power and was not affected, described Tuesday’s shutdown as an unusual situation.
“LUCELEC is known to be a very reliable supplier of electricity,” the former President of the Petroleum Dealers Association told St Lucia Times.
But he explained that as an essential service, Jn Marie Petrol Station has ensured that it can continue to meet the community in the event of a power outage.
“In times of disaster – especially things like hurricanes, you cannot afford not to be able to supply the community with fuel,” he explained.
Jn Marie expressed the view that other businesses that provide an essential service should ensure that they have backup electricity.
He made specific mention of banks.
The Saint Lucia businessman also spoke of certain public institutions such as hospitals and government departments.
“We can’t take these things for granted. As good as LUCELEC is – probably the best, if not one of the best and most reliable suppliers of electricity in the region, we are in difficult times with the issue of climate change and these things cannot be taken for granted and you can have disruptions,” Jn Marie asserted.
In September last year, Saint Lucia also experienced a total electricity system shutdown.