Supporting Economic Development in the Turks and Caicos Islands a priority for FortisTCI

CUSTOMER CARE 649-946-4313
Jul 28, 2016

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands (Thursday, July 28, 2016) – Capital investments by FortisTCI (the Company) are boosting economic development and transforming the electricity infrastructure throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands. Major investments were recently made on North Caicos and Grand Turk. Upcoming planned investments in utility-scale solar energy by way of a recently signed MOU with the Rocky Mountain Institute - Carbon War Room will also serve as a support for the development of renewable energy projects across several islands including Salt Cay and South Caicos. 


On Grand Turk, $3.2 million dollars has been invested in necessary infrastructure upgrades at the energy plant in South Base. The project awarded through tender to local contractor Rolle Construction includes the demolition of an old building that formally served as a part of a U.S. Military Base. At the time, the demolition created at least 12 jobs that included training provided by a U.S. Company headquartered in Florida named EE&G Environmental Services, LLC. The training imparted knowledge and new skill sets on the handling and disposal of hazardous material to all persons assigned to the project. Phase two includes the construction of a new multipurpose building to house a workshop, personnel offices, and storage space, and is expected to employ up to approximately 20 persons during construction. Work will begin on August 1, 2016. 

 


Investments on North Caicos totalling nearly $1 Million for a substation, generation, and related infrastructure project, will help to increase reliability to customers in North and Middle Caicos. The project was completed in July 2016 by local contractors Charlie’s Construction responsible for the civil works, and TC Industrial responsible for all Mechanical Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) work.  

 

 

(Back Row - L to R):
Alden Smith, Director Grand Turk Operations; John Redmond, Redmond and Associates; Nigel Hosein, FortisTCI Vice President of Production & Project Management; Devon Cox, Vice President of T & D; Alvejes Desir, Manager of Plan Operations; Allan Robinson, Vice President of Customer & Corporate Services
(Front Row - L to R):
Ruth Forbes, Vice President of Finance, HR, IT and CFO; Eddinton Powell, FortisTCI President & CEO; Derek Rolle, Rolle Construction; Alexandria Missick, FortisTCI Director of Legal Services

 

Other upcoming projects include the relocation of the submarine transmission cable at Heaving Down Rock in Providenciales and the introduction of 1 Mega Watt (MW) worth of utility-scale solar energy installed across the FortisTCI service territory.  

 


President and CEO of FortisTCI Eddinton Powell said, “Investments such as these are critical to the development of a world-class electricity service across the Turks and Caicos Islands. The North Caicos substation and generation project, together with   the relocation and upgrade of the submarine transmission cable [which is currently susceptible to frequent damage  by passing boats] are a part of the Company's  long-term plan to produce significant renewable energy in North Caicos and  will eventually connect all the way to South Caicos.”

 

Notes to Editors:

1) FortisTCI Limited (FTCI) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fortis Inc., and is the sole provider of electricity in Providenciales, North Caicos, Middle Caicos, South Caicos, East Caicos and adjacent Cays. In August 2012, Turks and Caicos Utility Limited (TCU), which is the sole provider of electricity on the Islands of Grand Turk and Salt Cay, was acquired by FTCI. Together the two companies serve more than 14,100 electricity customers in the Turks & Caicos Islands archipelago. FTCI and TCU have an aggregate diesel-fired generating capacity of approximately 82 megawatts. For additional information, visit www.fortistci.com.

 

2) Fortis Inc. is a leader in the North American electric and gas utility business, with total assets of approximately $28 billion and fiscal 2015 revenue of $6.7 billion. The Corporation's asset mix is approximately 96% regulated (70% electric, 26% gas), with the remaining 4% comprised of nonregulated energy infrastructure. The Corporation's regulated utilities serve more than 3 million customers across Canada, the United States and the Caribbean. For more information, visit www.fortisinc.com or www.sedar.com

 

CONTACT:

Talisha Simons

Manager of Corporate Communications

FortisTCI Ltd
Tel: 649-946-4313 Ext. 2519
Email: tsimons@fortistci.com