Basil Read would like to advise the public that there will be a blast on the Haul Road in Upper Rupert’s Valley area on Tuesday 11 March 2014 between the hours of 5 – 6 pm. This blast will take place if weather permits. 

The affected area extends from the Basil Read contractor’s yard to the mid-valley, including the Powerhouse, Bulk Fuel Installation (BFI) and St Michael’s Church. Only the affected areas need be evacuated for this blast and Basil Read Security Guards with red flags will be in position to assist and ensure that everyone adheres to the warnings and evacuation.

Safety measures, which are imperative for this particular blast, mean that the Solomon’s BFI and Connect Saint Helena’s Power Station are to be temporarily shut down during the blasting period, to enable personnel to be evacuated. 

As a direct result of this shutdown and evacuation process, there will be an Island-wide power outage during the blasting period.  Power will be restored once the All Clear is given by Basil Read for personnel to return safely to their stations, the necessary checks carried out and the restarting of the power station’s systems. 

Basil Read and Connect Saint Helena appreciate your continued co-operation and apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

On behalf of Basil Read and Connect Saint Helena Ltd

10 March 2014

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