GPL explains Essequibo power problems

On Wednesday August 6 at approximately 19:30 hrs, the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) says its No.1 Wartsila Engine at Essequibo was removed from service as a result of a fault in the automatic voltage control circuitry. A release today from GPL said that the resulting shortage in capacity led to several communities in Essequibo being without electricity while troubleshooting and repairs were being carried out.

With only the Wartsila No. 2 engine in service, the release said that customers in the North stretching from Anna Regina to Charity and in the South from Anna Regina to Supenaam were supplied with electricity alternatively every four hours. However, at around 15:30 hrs yesterday, GPL said that output from this unit was unavailable due to failure of a component within its main circuit breaker.

Both units were unavailable until 20:00 hours yesterday when the circuit breaker of the No. 2 was replaced and power restored incrementally. Meanwhile, repairs to the No 1 unit were also completed and full restoration of power was accomplished at 01:00hrs this morning.

GPL apologized for the inconvenience caused.

 



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