$45M high-tech truck acquired to accelerate GWI’s maintenance programme

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The Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) will now be able to spend less than half of the time it currently takes to maintain its wells on the coastland, with the procurement of a Hydraulic maintenance truck and accompanying equipment to the tune of approximately GY$45M.

GWI’s Chief Executive Officer, Shaik Baksh, on Tuesday last inspected the new machinery in the compound of GWI’s Head Office in Georgetown.

He said that the machinery, which was imported from Holland, is highly sophisticated and will further boost the company’s already robust well maintenance programme for its 145 wells on the coastland.  The CEO added that presently works are moving apace by GWI in collaboration with the Dutch principals to ensure that the machinery is operational within the shortest possible time.

According to him, personnel have already been trained in Holland to operate the truck and accompanying equipment.

A demonstration of the use of the coastland drilling rig (GWI photo)

Baksh also turned his attention to a drilling rig, which he said was acquired two years ago, but has never been utilised. GWI will be mobilising the rig within a month to drill a new well on the island of Wakenaam in Region 3. This well will be drilled by an in-house team.

Meanwhile, GWI’s Manager of Groundwater and Wells Services, Orin Browne, explained that the truck, in addition to the Jetting and Plunging trailers, were designed to activate and complete well rehabilitation in a fraction of the time that it normally takes for conventional water well development and maintenance.

Further, the truck comes equipped with a lifting crane and a built-in high powered, high-pressure water pump which is exactly what is needed to clean well screens that over time become clogged naturally.

Browne noted that once the production of a well drops to 70% of its original value, it is an indication of the need for rejuvenation.

This rejuvenation is exactly what the newly acquired machinery is designed to do. It allows more water to come into the well to match its original production just after well construction. All of the machinery is mobile and can access drilling sites across the coast. (Modified GWI press release)

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