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Construction of Renewable Power Generation Plant expected to decrease BPL ’s fuel costs says Works and Utilities Minister

NASSAU, The Bahamas – Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) is in the advanced stages of a plan with a private investor to construct a 60 MW photovoltaic renewable power generation plant in New Providence, which will result in a decrease in the company’s fuel costs and offer jobs for Bahamians. The Hon. Alfred Sears, Minister of Works and Utilities, made the announcement in a Communication to Parliament, Wednesday, October 5, 2022. Said Minister Sears, “Once added to the generation network in New Providence, this plant is expected to decrease BPL ’s annual fuel costs by $23 million.  Of significant importance, the project in its design, implementation and operational phases will provide much-needed jobs and training opportunities for Bahamians. More importantly, though, it will bring down the cost...

Illegal building construction in Blackwood will not be tolerated says Works and Utilities Minister

ELEUTHERA, The Bahamas – Works and Utilities Minister the Hon. Alfred Sears is appealing to persons responsible for unregulated construction of buildings in the Blackwood community of north Eleuthera to cease. Minister Sears, whose purview includes infrastructure, building control and town planning, along with a team of officials from his Ministry, toured the community, September 22, 2022 during an infrastructural assessment visit to Eleuthera.  Also on the walking tour were: island administrators, representatives of the Commonage Committee, Local Government representatives, members of the Royal Bahamas Police Force and other government agencies. Said Minister Sears, “We have toured the area and will be having our Building Control, with other government agencies, work closely with the...

New Glass Window Bridge envisioned as a symbol of resilience and sustainability says Works and Utilities Minister at Town Hall Meeting

ELEUTHERA, The Bahamas – A new bridge design that incorporates opportunities for Bahamian entrepreneurs was presented at a Town Hall Meeting Thursday, September 22, 2022 at St. Patrick’s Lodge Hall, Hatchet Bay. During the livestreamed event the Minister of Works and Utilities, the Hon. Alfred Sears; the Hon. Clay Sweeting, Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Family Island Affairs; island administrators, representatives of the Ministry of Works, Town Planning Board, the Bridge Authority, Local Government, Lambert Knowles and other consultants, and residents of Eleuthera discussed plans for the proposed replacement of the Glass Window Bridge (GWB) in North Eleuthera. Minister Sears termed the meeting very “successful” consultation and attendance by local stakeholders and virtual p...

Minister of Works leads inspection of infrastructure projects in Eleuthera; and discussion at Town Hall Meeting on plans for Glass Window Bridge

ELEUTHERA, The Bahamas — The Hon. Alfred Sears, Minister of Works and Utilities leads a delegation in Eleuthera today where he is inspecting various sites including docks, administrative buildings, residences, dilapidated structures and other infrastructure projects. Minister Sears underscored that the trip is  a “priority” and not “ceremonial”. The delegation includes Water and Sewerage Chairman and Deputy Speaker Sylvanus Petty; Bacchus Rolle, Parliamentary Secretary; Luther Smith, Permanent Secretary; technical officers and senior officials from the Ministry.  Minister Sears is also expected to attend a Town Hall Meeting in the evening to discuss plans for the Glass Window Bridge.

Astec Asphalt Plant Commissioned by Minister of Works and Utilities

NASSAU, The Bahamas – Bahamix ’s new Astec Asphalt Plant is expected to improve the company’s credibility and reliability to its customers. The Hon. Alfred Sears, Minister of Works and Utilities, ceremonially commissioned the plant at the northern compound of Bahamix, Fire Trail Road west, Friday, September 16, 2022. Minister Sears said the Astec Double Barrel Six Pack Asphalt Plant, a state-of-the-art production facility, is a “major” development that was a long time in the works. He thanked General Manager Ryan Rahming and the “extraordinary” team members of Bahamix for their dedication and service “beyond the call of duty” for the celebration. Minister Sears remarked, “Bahamix has always offered an asphaltic concrete known as Marshall Asphalt, which is manufactured to specifications out...

Minister of State LaRoda makes assessment of impacts of Hurricane Fiona on Mayaguana

NASSAU, Bahamas — Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response, the Hon. Myles K. LaRoda, along with a contingent  of Government Ministers, Senior Government Officials, Disaster Managers and Planners, Damage Assessment personnel, and personnel from the Ministry of Works, Bahamas Power and Light, the Department of Social Services and the Royal. Bahamas Defence Force, departed New Providence Wednesday morning for Mayaguana to conduct first-hand assessments of the impacts of Tropical Storm-Force winds associated with Hurricane Fiona on Mayaguana. State-Minister LaRoda was joined by Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources with responsibility for Local Government, the Hon. Clay Sweeting; Mr. Basil McIn...

Improved road, sidewalks, and more efficient infrastructure on the way for Village Road

NASSAU, The Bahamas – A roundabout is being added in front of Queen’s College and the Bahamas National Trust to improve the safety of motorists and pedestrians who traverse Village Road, a major New Providence thoroughfare. The Ministry of Works and Utilities announced plans for the addition during a walkabout Friday, August 26, 2022. “There are some additional works which are being scoped related to installing a roundabout in the front of Queen’s College and the Bahamas National Trust,” said Minister of Works and Utilities the Hon. Alfred Sears. “We will be meeting with both of those stakeholders to discuss further what is intended in order to make this roadway more efficient and also improve the quality of life not only of the residents in this community but also the guests who come as s...

Tourism/Aviation and Works Ministries meet with IDB on Airport Infrastructure Improvement

NASSAU, The Bahamas — Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Investments & Aviation, the Hon. Chester Cooper and Minister of Works and Utilities, the Hon. Alfred Sears held a meeting, August 25, 2022 at the Ministry of Tourism’s offices, with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) on the Airport Infrastructure Improvement Program. Also at the meeting were Reginald Saunders, Permanent Secretary, MOTIA; Luther Smith, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works and Utilities; Dr. Kenneth Romer, Deputy Director General, MOTIA; Mrs. Daniela Carrera-Marquis, IDB Country Office Bahamas Representative, and other government officials from those ministries.

Work progressing on Village Road Improvement Project

NASSAU, The Bahamas – While motorists constantly adjust to the road changes, work on the Village Road Improvement Project is making progress.  The project is designed to rehabilitate, improve the level of service, and execute upgrades to various buried utilities on 0.9 miles of roadway on Village Road between St. Andrew’s Drive and Montagu Beach. New traffic signals, removal of existing pavement, installation of new pavement, electrical ducts, water mains and services, and construction of junction improvements are among the scope of the roadworks.  Proposed changes also include widening to three lanes from the New Providence Road Improvement Project (at the approach of the Village Road Plaza), a median lane near to Queen’s College which will provide relief to drivers and create a...

Bahamian Delegation Lobby US Congress and Senate for Appropriation of Financial Assistance for Hurricane Restoration and Mitigation

On Monday and Tuesday, June 12th and 13th 2022, a Bahamian ministerial delegation comprising Minister of Works & Utilities Alfred M. Sears, QC, Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Public Service, Frederick Mitchell, Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Ryan Pinder, Ambassador Wendall Jones and their respective technical and support staff met with various US Government officials in Washington, D.C. The purpose of these meetings was to lobby for financial assistance from the United States Government to support Hurricane Dorian restoration projects in Abaco and Grand Bahama as well as infrastructural improvement around the AUTEC Base in Andros. Attending these meetings were United States Senators, Congresspersons and their respective Staff members including:- 1. Senator Brian S...