Power outage hits coastland

Residents across the coast of Guyana on Tuesday were hit by a series of power outages, which spanned several
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The Guyana Power and Light (GPL) Inc, in a release, acknowledged that the Demerara Berbice Interconnected System (DBIS) experienced “three shutdowns” at 12:03h, 12:58h and 16:04h on Tuesday.

The power company explained that this was due to a “suspected fault” on its 69kV transmission line which links the Kingston Power Station to the Sophia Substation. The company is currently trying to determine the exact origin of the shutdowns. It was pointed out that while power was quickly restored in both counties, with the exception of some areas.

GPL added that customers from Onverwagt to Ithaca,Berbice and Sophia to Success, East Coast Demerara and along the East Bank Demerara Corridor received power again around 18:30h.

“The loss of this transmission line connection between Kingston and Sophia has reduced available generation by 32 megawatts within the DBIS, thus necessitating an emergency load shedding programme in the both counties while we work assiduously to return normalcy to the grid,” GPL noted.

Meanwhile, Residents in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) are again facing losses as a result of power outages across the Essequibo Coast, with the latest spate occurring over the past four days.

Guyana Times was on Tuesday told that the unstable power situation has caused much damage to the electrical appliances of many residents, especially refrigerators, and many perishables, including vegetables, were spoilt. The recurring blackouts have a chronic problem for many years.