GPL begins construction on six sub-stations
Construction has begun on six of Guyana Power and Light (GPL) new sub-stations countrywide. The company is undertaking a massive US$42M infrastructural project, funded by the China Exim Bank.
The Contractor is China National Machinery Import and Export Corporation. There is a clause instilled in the contract for liquidated damages penalty in place should the contractor default on the deadline set for September 2013.
A US$5M submarine cable is also part of the project; this is being laid from West Demerara to the Kingston Power plant and has the capacity to deliver over 150 megawatts of power to West Demerara.
The Kingston substation will be expanded to receive the US$5M cable which will be spliced and attached upon landing at Kingston. It will then be connected to the data management hub at Sophia.
The plan to install substations is aimed at improving supply quality and available distribution network capacity and also to reduce technical losses.
The GPL substations under construction are located at: Edinburgh, West Coast Demerara (WCD), Vreed-en-Hoop WCD, Sophia, Greater Georgetown, Golden Grove
East Coast Demerara (ECD), and Good Hope ECD.
GPL has assumed responsibility for the preparatory works associated with the substations (access roads, revetments and backfilling) and clearing of the transmission line routes.
The project is part of GPL’s programme to improve the network across the country and make it ready for a planned 165-megawatt hydro electric facility at Amaila Falls, Region Eight.