Short circuit triggers another GPL shutdown

At approximately 1.40 this morning, the Demerara-Berbice Interconnected System (DBIS) suffered an interruption in service due to a fault on the breaker of the F6 Feeder, the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) said today.

Restorative efforts, GPL said, commenced at 1.45 am and all affected customers were repowered by 4:59 am with the exception of customers in ‘A’ to ‘E’ Fields Sophia. The extended delay is due to replacement of the damaged switch gear and cleaning/refurbishment of the busbar and cubicle. Power will be restored by this evening.

Subsequently, at 10:11 am, the DBIS suffered a total shutdown due to a short circuit resulting from a defective switch on the F9 feeder at Water and Cowan Streets, Kingston. Power was restored to all areas at 13:45pm.

GPL continues to inject efforts towards achieving a “fault tolerant” network, the utility said.

GPL has been reeling from a series of shutdowns and members of the public have voiced increasing concern and frustration over the problem.


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