GPL cancels “emergency maintenance” on World Cup Saturday


The Guyana Power and Light (GPL) on Thursday confirmed that it has cancelled the scheduled “emergency maintenance” for several areas in Georgetown and East Coast Demerara on Saturday, June 16.

It means Guyanese can now view the four football World Cup games scheduled for that day, free of power failure.

“The Guyana Power and Light wishes to inform customers within the following areas listed below, that its maintenance activity scheduled for Saturday, June 16, 2018, at our Sophia substation has been cancelled until further notice,” GPL said on its Facebook page on Thursday.

On Tuesday last, the power company issued a notice informing that the “interruption is necessary to facilitate emergency maintenance on the 13.8 Kv Bus Bar at our Sophia power station.” It was scheduled for 08:00h to 16:00h.

The areas were Lamaha Gardens, Prashad Nagar, Sophia Exhibition Site, Campbellville- East of Sheriff Street and South of Dennis Street, A-E Field Sophia, Better Hope, Vryhied’s Lust North, Liliendaal to Industry, University of Guyana Campus, Cyril Potter College of Education, New Haven, Belvoir Court, Blygezight Gardens, Bel Air Promenade, Bel Air Village, Bel Air Gardens and Bel Air Springs.

The planned interruption had angered many football fans, who are eagerly looking forward to four games on the first Saturday of the World Cup in Russia. They can now breathe a sigh of relief.

Saturday matches: France and Australia at 06:00h; Argentina and Iceland at 09:00h; Peru and Denmark at noon; and Croatia and Nigeria at 15:00h.

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