GPL rolls out project to tackle low voltage


The Guyana Power and Light (GPL) Incorporated has commenced the installation of Reactive Power Compensation at the Canefield and New Sophia GPL substations.

This project is funded by the Inter-American Development Bank and the Japan Government through the Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA), the Department of Public Information (DPI) reported.

During engagement held at the Berbice High School with residents on Saturday last, GPL’s Project Manager Linden Edwards said two 5 MegaVar compensators will be put into operation at the Canefield site.

“These regulators will control the transmission voltage and also stabilise the voltage,” the Project Manager is quoted as saying by DPI.

Edwards also assured the residents that the project will ensure there is a “reliable and stable power supply” to their homes.

Residents during the meeting [DPI photo]
While acknowledging voltage fluctuation has affected businesses, Edwards said one of the main spinoffs of the project will be its meaningful impacts on establishments.

As it relates to renewable energy, the project will enable the grid for the seamless integration of solar PV and wind farms, as well as hydropower.

Additionally, there will be a reduction in line losses and system shutdowns.

With a project deadline of June 2020, GPL’s Public Relations Officer, Shevon Sears told residents the electricity provider will update them on any planned service disruptions that are integral to bringing the project fully into operation.

Public Relation Officer of GPL, Shevon Sears [DPI photo]
“Any outages pertaining to the project will be after the Christmas season… we will inform and educate you,” Sears stated.

There are no planned outages for the Christmas period since all equipment under the network have already been serviced, according to DPI.

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