Essequibo Coast frequency conversion progressing, GPL says


THE Guyana Power and Light Inc. (GPL) yesterday said that its initiatives to restore supply normalcy to consumers on the Essequibo Coast is progressing satisfactorily.According to GPL, the No. 1 Wartsila generator at the Anna Regina Power Station was restored to full service on April 24th, allowing for adequate generating capacity to provide a continuous power to all consumers on the Essequibo Coast.

Two 1.6 MW Caterpillar power modules were installed on April 25th at Fairfield and connected to the network. Unfortunately, this exercise necessitated a power outage to consumers between Riverstown and Supenaam.

And during Sunday and Monday, new transformers were installed between Supenaam and Vilvoorden and the network was switched to 13,800V, 60Hz operation with power being supplied by one of the two Caterpillar modules.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday new transformers were installed between Vilvoorden and Onderneeming and the supply was switched to 13,800V, 60 Hz.

Currently, therefore, consumers between Supenaam and Onderneeming are receiving a 60 Hz supply from the temporary generating site at Fairfield.

GPL said that it expects by the end of this week to complete the installation of new, dual frequency, dual voltage transformers between Onderneeming and La Union and to switch the supply to 60 Hz. “We would continue to provide support and advice to our valued customers who may be encountering problems with the 60 Hz power supply,” the power company said.

The conversion of part of the Essequibo Coast load to 60 Hz is intended to allow maintenance to be undertaken at the Anna Regina Power Station without recourse to power interruptions, GPL added.

GPL has expressed gratitude to its consumers on the Essequibo Coast for their patience during recent power outages.