?isolated cases of interruption resolved swiftly
THE Guyana Power and Light Incorporated (GPL) says it was able to meet the demand and deliver stable electricity to the population over the Christmas holiday season.
The company’s Director of Operations, Bharrat Harjohn, said on Sunday that GPL largely delivered on its promise to keep the lights on.
“We had sufficient generation. We were able to meet and satisfy demand,” Harjohn was quoted as saying by the Department of Public Information (DPI).
Harjohn said GPL’s average generating capacity was 150 megawatts during the festive season, with a peak demand of 118 megawatts on Christmas Eve Day and Old Year’s Day.
“We just had a few isolated cases along our distribution network, but other than that there was no major issue of outages.”
He told DPI that the emergency-response teams were equipped to promptly address the few interruptions that occurred. Back in November, GPL rolled out several measures to increase power generation, particularly for the Christmas season. This included the acquisition of 4.5MW of power from Giftland Mall through a Power Purchasing Agreement and the installation of new gensets that produce 10MWs of electricity. GPL’s performance through the holidays is testimony to the administration’s pledge to make interventions that will curtail, and eventually eliminate the scourge of blackouts that have plagued the nation for years.