GPL improving services to health institutions in Region Two

DPI, Guyana, Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The Guyana Power and Light Incorporated (GPL Inc.) is working to create redundancy lines in its network at Anna Regina in order to improve services to health institutions in Region Two.

This was highlighted by GPL’s Chief Executive Officer, Albert Gordon during a multi-stakeholder meeting over the weekend at the Regional Office in Anna Regina. This revelation came on the heels of challenges reportedly experienced at health centres and the district hospital during power outages.

Guyana Power and Light Incorporated (GPL Inc.), Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Albert Gordon addressing the stakeholders seated next to Vice Chairman, Juliet Coonjah

“I understand the issues of lack of water during power outages, and we want to improve the situation and drive development in this region. The 20-year plan for this region will see us transitioning to heavy fuel oil and renewable energy. However, we will still keep the light fuel oil plants for reserve. This will give us enough capacity and help us to address the voltage situation,” Gordon explained.

The CEO added that the power company is also working to source a fibre optic cable to facilitate more standby power.

The Anna Regina Power station currently has a total capacity of six megawatts generated from six units. Of the six units, four are in operation with a total capacity of 4.8 megawatts and the remaining 2.2 megawatts kept on standby for emergencies.

The CEO noted that while the situation has returned to normal, the power company cannot afford to sell its excess capacity but is working towards that goal. Gordon pointed out that, fuel is the main driver for a reduction in rates and noted that with the expected reduction in fuel prices, rates will ultimately go down. The 20-year plan also has a financial model which will address rate reduction.

Other issues highlighted at the meeting included subsidies for pensioners and improved communication systems to better inform residents of services and eventualities. The CEO assured that these matters will be examined and promised continued monitoring of the Anna Regina system.

Regional Vice-Chairman, Juliet Coonjah and Chairman of Essequibo Chamber of Commerce, Dileep Singh lauded the meeting as timely and beneficial to the residents. Singh stated that the organisation supports the green initiative and is of the opinion that it will be beneficial even for the future generation.

Ranetta La Fleur

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