BELCO Comment on soot emission to RG

Jun 20, 2020

From a spokesman:

“Bermuda Electric Light Company Limited (BELCO) is aware of the incident that occurred early this morning that resulted in soot being dispersed in the Berkley Hill neighborhood adjacent to our plant.

We would like to sincerely apologise for this incident and undertake to quickly do everything we can to mitigate the impact to the surrounding environment.

Our dedicated Occupational Health Safety and Environment team (OHSE) at BELCO are actively working to collect evidence and information about this incident so that we can work to resolve any issues at affected properties.  

The problem stems from the North Power Station which, had been shut down for a short period to determine the issues relating to the source of malodours in the neighbourhood. The four engines at the North Power Station were subsequently restarted one by one over the course of the past week. When the last engine was restarted, a buildup of residue from the initial commissioning of the engines was emitted through the exhaust stack. Such occurrences should not occur in future now that the engines have been fully commissioned and are running at full capacity.

If a property owner has been affected they can email BELCO’s OHSE office at and provide their property address, name and contact number. Where possible, they should also take photographs and/or video of the affected areas.

Those property owners who have been affected should only attempt to wash or clean impacted areas if BELCO has collected property details and photographs. Members of our OHSE team will then reach out to discuss next steps to mitigate the situation.

At BELCO we take the health and safety of our employees and the community very seriously and we will ensure that we work to resolve this situation to the highest environmental standard.”

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