A 900-kilowatt generator set at the Kwakwani Utilities Incorporated will now provide the community with 24-hour electricity.
Prior to 2014, the community with a population of over 400, once enjoyed 24-hour electricity but for the following three years, the power supply dropped to 22-hours. Within the last couple of years, the power supply again dropped to a 16-hour capacity.
Prime Minister, Brigadier (ret’d) Mark Phillips on Friday commissioned the new generator set describing it is a momentous event for community development.
The Prime Minister said the generator would provide the community with enough electrical power to sustain small industries, which can lead to lots of developmental opportunities.
“With the commissioning of this 900-kilowatt gen set, you now have over two megawatts for a community of just over 4000 residents. That is something big for Guyana, because I’m not aware that there are any other small communities with such large amounts of power,” the Prime Minister said.
The Chief Executive Officer of Kwakwani Utilities Incorporated, Leslie Sobers Jr., said that after starting 2019 at 16 hours of electric power daily the community was able to keep the lights on longer by the end of the year, but KUI was still unable to produce a full day’s worth of electricity.
“We will now be able to produce 24 hours of electricity to Kwakwani, we will see improvement in businesses, in water distribution and in our very own homes,” Sobers said.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister further stated that the current administration has big plans for the development of energy in Guyana.
“What happened today is just a short-term delivery… we will have an energy mix that will encompass generator sets, solar farms, wind farms, hydro electricity and natural gas, because it is our aim to improve the way the people of Guyana live,” the Prime Minister said. (Extracted and modified from the Department of Public Information)