By Fareeza Haniff?As Guyana Power and Light (GPL) is in the process of completing the New Kingston Power Plant and putting it in operation by the first week of November, Chairman of company, Winston Brassington has said that the power outages are expected to continue until then.Chairman of GPL,Wholesale NBA Jerseys China
, Winston Brassington (third from left) along with a GPL team in the control room of the new Kingston Power Plant. During a tour of the plant yesterday, Brassington told the media that it is possible for power to be in the system before the completion of the commissioning period by the end of this month.“I think this is going to bring great relief to the system. It is 21 megawatts which is about 30 per cent of the power we use in Demerara. So once this comes online, other than transmission and distribution problems,Cheap Authentic Jerseys
, there would be an end to blackouts because of generation.”However,Wholesale Jerseys Cheap
, according to Brassington, GPL continues to be in a very ‘tight’ situation for power. There had to be load shedding because of the shortfall in generation. At the same time, there is an increase in demand particularly at this time when the country is racked by a heat wave, he said.He noted that from now until the commissioning stage of the plant, there would be an increase in power outages.“So the situation may get a little better and then it will be a little worse before the end of the month. The good news is that we have the power coming by the end of the month…The bad news is, between now and the end of the month, things could get a little worse before it gets better.”The chairman explained that GPL has been short of power mainly because of three reasons. The first has to do with the fact that GPL depends on the 44 megawatts from Wartsila engines.According to Brassington, the rest of the generating sets are very old and ought to have been retired years ago. Some were devalued as long as 15 years ago, he said,Cheap NHL Jerseys
, but GPL continue to depend on those engines.It was explained that a number of them are not in operation. One of the Negattas at Garden of Eden has been out of operation since January this year. However, it is scheduled to be back in operation by this week. This generates five megawatts.This is not the end of the problem, as a Wartsila engine will have to be taken out for a major overhaul which will take about two weeks.Another reason for the shortfall in power has to do with the accommodation of the new site at Kingston.Brassington explained that a new 69 KV line is being built from Kingston to Sophia and part of the job is reconfiguring the network, where instead of the power coming from Garden of Eden and Kingston, GPL will now have a larger proportion coming from Kingston.Due to this,China NBA Jerseys
, the reconfiguration has seen some of the change over in frequency, and thus the shortfall in power.Another reason has to do with the increase in demand for power from customers. It was explained that a number of housing schemes are being established, thus there are more customers on the grid.“I’ve been told by management, that August has been a record month in terms of generation. Even though, there have been all these blackouts, in August we had the highest level of generation on record,Cheap NFL Jerseys China
,” Brassington told media operatives.He also noted that the hot weather is currently being experienced, and the heat is driving demand. Many other people are installing appliances and joining the grid.