Rehabilitation of GPL’s low/medium voltage network ongoing

─ upgrades will see improved efficiency in electricity supply

─ Islamic Development Bank to assist with financing of upgrades

─ several regions to benefit from these upgrades

DPI, Guyana, Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The government is taking steps to ensure that the country’s main electricity supply company, the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) Incorporated is outfitted with modernized equipment to improve efficiency.

In the recently released mid-year report, government says rehabilitation of Lot A of the low and medium voltage network of GPL is expected to be completed by early 2019.

Lot A consists of 328 kilometres of the circuit. The procurement process for Lot B, which entails the rehabilitation of a further 310 kilometres, was relaunched in the first half of 2018.

This is after deficiencies in the evaluation was noted in 2017. A contract for this lot is expected to be signed by the end of this year.

Works on both lots will cover areas across the Essequibo Islands-West Demerara (Region Three), Demerara- Mahaica (Region Four), Mahaica-Berbice (Region Five) and East Berbice- Corentyne (Region Six).

In addition, residual works will be financed with support from the Islamic Development Bank to upgrade 153 kilometres of the low/medium voltage distribution network, procure 6, 941 smart meters and upgrade sub-stations in Vreed-en-hoop and Kingston.

By: Stacy Carmichael

Image: http://www.gplinc.net/

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