GPL yesterday experienced two total generation system shutdowns in Demerara.
A release from the corporation today said that the first occurred at 0:10 hrs when a Wartsila unit at Garden of Eden (GOE) experienced an electrical fault, and at 14:30 hrs as a result of a burnt jumper on one of the main feeders at Sophia. This in turn affected one of the two frequency converters.
The release said “In addition, a defective part on one of the Wartsila units at the new Kingston Plant caused the machine to be unavailable from 5 pm to 7:30 pm. This, coupled with the unavailability of the unit at GOE and the frequency converter, resulted in load shedding during the evening peak period in some areas of Georgetown. Both machines were returned to service last evening and all affected customers were subsequently re-powered.
“A burnt jumper on the feeder linking our Garden of Eden and Versailles Plants resulted in interruption of power supply, for approximately three hours from 08:30 hrs, affecting West Demerara consumers.
“The recent high winds, coupled with heavy and persistent rain which led to an increase in network faults, may have compromised some of our structures, and consumers are asked to contact GPL’s emergency call centre on 226-4015 or 226-4016.”