GPL promises no power outages for Christmas
Guyana Power and Light (GPL) is well prepared to tackle the population’s energy demand as it rises during the approaching holiday season.
This was the assertion made by the entity’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Aeshwar Deonarine, on Tuesday.
He said that “on the generation side, in Demerara, we have an existing peak demand which occurs in the evening of about 79 megawatts. For Christmas, we’re expecting that to go up to about 82 (megawatts).”
Currently in the system is 80 megawatts of Wartsila machines which have all been serviced and are up and running, Deonarine said. He added that there are also the GPL-owned non-Wartsila machines which will be in operation.
The GPL official declared, “We will have a total capacity of about 90 megawatts in Demerara,” stating that this is about eight megawatts above the expected peak.
He said that Berbice is also covered. “On the GuySuCo front, we rely on Skeldon; they have three machines there- a five megawatt set which is up and running.”
Deonarine also said that overhauls on two additional machines are ongoing and should be up and running for Christmas. “Plus we have sets at Cane Field and at Onverwagt.”
Deonarine noted, too, that while the generation aspect is well accommodated, maintenance works are continuing on the network phase. These are expected to be completed by this weekend, the GPL official said.
After these works are done, Deonarine promised that there will be no scheduled power outages. He added that any such outages during the Christmas season would be as a result of an unforeseen problem.
Deonarine told media operatives, however, that maintenance crews are on standby, and that the most defective utility poles have been identified and replaced.
“We are ready for this peak season, “he said.