GENTING ENERGY – Officials from Genting Energy are pictured with the Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville, and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry for G.B.  Melvin Seymour, during a courtesy call at the Ministry for Grand Bahama on Wednesday morning.  The Malaysia- based energy company is here to carry out a feasibility study which will help to guide the government in finding ways to reduce electricity cost. (BIS Photo / Simon Lewis)

FREEPORT, G.B. – Keen on the Government’s mandate to find ways of reducing the high cost of electricity on Grand Bahama, Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville officially welcomed a group from Genting Energy to Grand Bahama on Wednesday morning. 

Mr. Darville even before his election to Parliament back in May decried the high cost of electricity on Grand Bahama and its hindrance towards economic growth. 

On Wednesday, the Minister said he was delighted to welcome the Malaysia based company to Grand Bahama, which is a part of the Genting Group of Companies. 

He explained that a few months ago, Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Gladstone Christie had invited a team from the Genting group to conduct a feasibility study on energy and water proposals for The Bahamas. “The cost of electricity remains a major challenge for all of us throughout The Bahamas and Grand Bahama is no exception.  Therefore, as Minister for Grand Bahama, it is my pleasure to welcome this group to our island, as reducing the cost of electricity, through the application of alternative forms of energy is a priority for our government,” Mr. Darville said. 

He told officials from Genting Energy, headed by Chief Financial Officer Chew Weng Hong, that understanding the experience their company has is power generation, oil and gas, he is certain the feasibility study being conducted will prove to be helpful to the government and people of The Bahamas.  He also thanked the group for the interest they have shown in The Bahamas and said he looks forward to a mutually beneficial partnership between the Government of The Bahamas and the Genting Group in the months and years to come.