Apr 14, 2015 News
The Guyana Power and Light Inc. (GPL) say that a truck accident caused Sunday night’s massive power outage which left several parts of the coastlands in Berbice and Demerara without power.
At approximately 20:18 hrs on Sunday, a Canter truck travelling east along the railway embankment crashed and broke a pole at Mon Repos supporting a primary 69 kv transmission line linking the Demerara and Berbice systems, resulting in a Demerara Berbice Interconnected System (DBIS) shutdown.
The affected transmission line was isolated and efforts to restore power commenced around 20:45 hrs.
According to GPL, due to a defective breaker, two further shutdowns were experienced during attempts of power restoration.
Workers managed to repower all areas apart from communities along the East Coast Demerara to sections of Seafield, West Coast Berbice by midnight, excluding Enmore to Victoria which were repowered after 01:00hrs.
In Berbice, power restoration commenced around 22:00hrs with generation being supplied by the Canefield Power Plant, Skeldon and Onverwagt facilities.
“Temporary remedial works to restore the broken pole lasted until 05:30hrs (yesterday) morning after which all remaining affected consumers in Demerara and Berbice were fully repowered.”
GPL said that this shutdown follows one which occurred over a month ago in central Georgetown.
“Reckless use of the roadways has caused numerous structural damages to GPL’s property and major inconveniences to our valued customers. We plead yet again with all road users to exhibit due caution on the roadways. “
GPL said it will be replacing the temporary infrastructure at Mon Repos shortly, which will require an outage during the day.
“The schedule for this outage will be communicated to the public as the schedule is currently being determined. Our company extends sincerest appreciation to the dedicated staff and contractors who worked tirelessly to restore electricity to all affected customers and apologizes for the inconvenience caused.”
Meanwhile, in Essequibo, the Number One Wartsila Unit and Caterpillar generating set at Anna Regina experienced some minor mechanical issues over the past weekend resulting in brief intermittent outages in that area.
“The issues were identified and corrected on the Caterpillar set yesterday morning which will reduce any further interruptions in the supply of electricity. A troubleshooting exercise was performed on the Wartsila unit. Further work will be required during the week.”
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