BREAKING: GPL shutting down Garden of Eden plant; fears massive explosion

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The Guyana Power and Light (GPL) plant at the Garden of Eden on the East Bank of Demerara (EBD) is being shut down as engineers fear a massive explosion.

In a gradual move, three of the five generators have already been shut down with efforts underway to shut down the remaining two within hours.

GPL CEO Bharrat Dindyal told reporters that the heavy fuel being used is getting into the exhaust system.

Should that continue, he warned that a massive explosion is possible.

“Out of an abundance of caution, we have to shut down the plant.

“…. We have a situation that presents a real danger to life,” he said.

Chief Executive Officer of GPL, Bharat Dindyal (left) interacts with the Prime Minister and others at the Garden of Eden Power Plant (Photo: DPI/May 24, 2021)

No mechanical damages to the machines have been uncovered but officials from Wartsila are investigating.

With the gradual powering down of the generators at the plant, there will be some amount of lower disruption.

Dindyal pleaded with customers to be patient as the issue is investigated and rectified.

Details emerging.

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