The Guyana Power and Light (GP&L) has offered an explanation for Tuesday night’s blackout that plunged several communities in Regions #3 and #4 into darkness for several hours.
The company said at approximately 11:09pm, the Demerara – Berbice Interconnected System experienced a shutdown as a result of a faulty connection or “Pot Head”, that links the 69KV submarine cable to the overhead transmission lines at Kingston.
“While restoration efforts were hampered to a minimal extent due to problems encountered while restarting some of the generating units at our Kingston Plants, power was restored to most consumers by 02:30 hrs,” a statement from GPL noted.
Some customers reported experiencing the power outage for a maximum of five hours but GPL is assuring that every effort is being made to restore the link to its Vreed-en-Hoop 26 MW Station.
The Company said it regrets any inconvenience caused.
In a Facebook post just before mid night on Tuesday, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo said “Regions 3 and 4 were plunged into sudden blackout minutes ago, just as we returned from the CPL cricket match at the Providence Stadium. Hon. David Patterson, Minister of Public Infrastructure with responsibility for electricity, explained that a circuit has tripped out. Over the past year power supply has been stabilised, with few blackouts.”