Constant low voltage plaguing WCD residents

first_imgResidents of the West Coast of Demerara (WCD) are now concerned over their electrical appliances as they are being plagued by constant low voltage from the power being provided by the Guyana Power and Light (GPL).Complaints indicate that since the restoration of one of the company’s submerged cables which received damages, load shedding is now a constant issue.Reports reaching Guyana Times reveal that nightly, residents are forced to unplug appliances for safety.Roycelyn Alleyne, a resident of Meten-Meer-Zorg, West Coast Demerara (WCD), revealed to this publication that her refrigerator has since stopped functioning as per normal.“One night my fridge started to make a loud noise. When I checked I saw the lights were dimming so I realise that it was low voltage again, so I plugged out the fridge. However, since then, the fridge doesn’t get cold, it works whenever it wants to…and this is every night thing, I gotta keep plugging in and out my appliances” the frustrated woman stated.In another comment, a resident of Hague also complained of the said issue, expressing her worry.“Although GPL has fixed its damaged submarine cable, I have been affected by load shedding almost every day. My electricity is hardly ever stable and I am severely worried about my appliances” the resident explained.“I constantly have to keep changing bulbs because every minute them blowing…I changed about five since this thing started, the problem with GPL”, a De Willem resident revealed.GPL had announced on June 15 that the load shedding would be discontinued since the company successfully energised a new 13.8 kV submarine cable across the Demerara River, linking the Vreed-en-Hoop and Kingston power plants on June 12, 2019.The new 13.8 kV cable is currently providing over 5 MW of power to the eastern DBIS. It spans approximately 4000 feet from Princess Street, Georgetown to the GPL power station at Vreed-en-Hoop, West Coast Demerara.Additionally, two small generating units with an aggregate capacity of 2 MW were returned from Anna Regina to boost generation during peak demand.Further, one of GPL’s second largest units, a 7.8 MW, is back in operation after being unavailable for planned maintenance.On June 2, GPL’s 69 kV cable sustained damages which resulted in the unavailability of 14 MW of generation to the eastern half of the Demerara-Berbice Interconnected System (DBIS).GPL developed an emergency plan to reduce outages, which included the laying of the new cable. Though the outages have decreased, residents are calling for the frequent low voltages to be addressed.last_img read more