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BEL public Meeting for Caye Caulker Sub-Marine Cable

Representatives of the Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) was in Caye Caulker on Thursday night hosting a consultation with villagers regarding connecting the island to the national grid by connecting a sub-marine cable from San Pedro to Caye Caulker through the Hol Chan Marine Reserve.  Caye Caulker is currently using diesel generated power.  The consultation is focused on the Environmental Social Impact Assessment report (ESIA). BEL’s says that since 2016, it has been engaging with DOE, villagers, and environmental and non-governmental organizations to ensure their involvement in its plan to reduce noise and air pollution from diesel generation, eliminate risks associated with transporting diesel to the island, and reduce generation cost by $3 million to $4 million annually. The company has completed the Caye Caulker Feasibility Study to confirm the economic and social benefits, and the environmental impact of the proposed project. As part of the study, an ESIA Report was submitted to DOE for further review. The company release stated that ninety residents attended the session with the Department of Environment. The public is encouraged to review the ESIA Report and submit comments in writing on or before April 1, 2019 to DOE. The report is available online at www.doe.gov.bz   and www.bel.com.bz. The project will cost the utility company fifteen million dollars when implemented.