‘Remain patient’ – GPL tells Essequibo

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The Guyana Power and Light (GPL) Company is pleading with citizens on the Essequibo Coast to remain “patient” as it expedites all efforts to return electricity to normal in the county.

Residents contacted the News Room with complaints of persistent blackout over the past two weeks, leading to large quantities of spoilage in food items.

In a statement on Monday afternoon, GPL said it is committed to providing reliable electricity supply but “due to unforeseen mechanical and electrical issues” with three of its generation units, it is challenged to provide the required peak demand of 4.2 Megawatts.

Currently, two units with an aggregate capacity of 1.5 MW are in operation at the Anna Regina power station.

The power company said these units cannot satisfy the demand of the entire Coast and as such load shedding is in effect until additional generation becomes available.

With technical assistance from the equipment supplier, the company said it is “working assiduously to mobilize additional generation by the weekend to alleviate the prolonged service interruptions.”

Customers can call telephone number 777-5017 for further enquires.

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