Large parts of the country were plunged into several hours of blackout last night after the Demerara Berbice Interconnected System (DBIS) went down.

A spokesperson from the Guyana Power and Light confirmed that the DBIS went down around 8 pm which resulted in a total power outage.

“We had a shutdown and restoration efforts began. However, we experienced some further issues so some areas that were recovered went out again and we are working to restore power again,” the spokesperson related, while pointing out that an exact cause for the DBIS shutting down has not yet been identified but the company is working assiduously to restore power.

The spokesperson went on to explain that whenever the DBIS goes down there is a process that needs to be activated to synchronize the system before it is restored.

GPL has been flayed over continuing shutdowns of the DBIS and blackouts despite extensive maintenance works to the Transmission and Distribution system late last year.

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