GPL assures Berbicians of improved power supply

Guyana Chronicle
April 9, 2000

A TOP official of the Guyana Power and Light Company (GPL) has assured Berbicians of an improvement in the electricity power supply by the end of May.

Mr Philip Vemneda, GPL's Chief Operations Officer, said that repairs to the defective Number 3 generating set at Canefield, East Canje is being effected.

He said that the generator was sent to the United Kingdom for rebuilding at the cost of 90,000 pounds and the equipment is expected to arrive shortly. He added the reactivation of the third unit will normalise power supply within the next two months.

Mr Vemneda told the Upper Corentyne Chamber of Commerce and Industry (UCCCI) at a recent meeting in Corriverton that GPL is now working on a development plan for the three East Beriberi generators. A feasibility study to inter-connect Region Six and the Sophia Unit with new transmission lines by the year 2001, is also to be done.

A $245M programme over the next five years to stabilise voltage fluctuation is also on stream.

Meanwhile, the GPL official pointed out that by year 2005, the public will be able to access shares in the company.

The discussion between the power company and the Upper Corentyne business community was aimed at updating the UCCCI membership on the progress being made towards alleviating the frequent power failures in the area.