Contaminated fuel causes power woes for Essequibo

Power was expected to be restored later yesterday afternoon to the entire Essequibo Coast after residents from Supenaam to Charity experienced prolonged power outages since Monday as a result of contaminated fuel at the Anna Regina Power Station.

The Guyana Power and Light Inc  said in a press release yesterday that the power outages resulted  from “a batch of fuel  that was received at the Anna Regina Power Station over the weekend being contaminated.”

Engineers at the Anna Regina Power Station  discovered that some mechanical problems had developed on the two Wartsila units as a result  of the contaminated fuel.

And following this discovery, GPL flew in a high level technical team and spare parts to the station to effect immediate repairs to the engines, the release stated.

Meantime, GPL is working along with the shipper responsible for the movement of the fuel from Demerara to Essequibo to ascertain the circumstances  surrounding its contamination.

GPL apologised to its customers on the Essequibo Coast  for the  inconvenience caused as a result of the prolonged power outages.

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