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Mahdia gets new fuel-saving generator to match demand

Region Eight REO, Ronald Harsawack with Minister of Local Government and Regional Development Norman Whittaker at the meeting in Campbelltown, Region Eight

The tight power supply schedule to Mahdia and other surrounding communities in Region Eight is expected to improve as the new generator purchased by Government to address the problem is now installed and will become operational very soon.

Regional Executive Officer (REO) Ronald Harsawack informed residents over the weekend that the new generating set that was procured at a cost GUY$85M has been installed, and will be tested over the next few days, before coming into full operations.

Residents have been affected by serious rationing of electricity in Mahdia from 24 to 12 hours. Harsawack explained that this has been due to the Mahdia Power and Light’s shortfall as a result of limited resources.

He explained that the operational cost of the Mahdia Power and Light has for long far exceeded the revenue accrued. The company does not have enough customers on the power grid to get enough revenue so as to generate 24 hours of electricity. Harsawack explained that there are just about 500 customers on the grid and about 85 do not pay for their power generation, for the reason that the first 15 kw of power is free.

Residents have been affected by serious rationing of electricity in Mahdia from 24 to 12 hours. Harsawack explained that this has been due to the Mahdia Power and Light’s shortfall as a result of limited resources.

He explained that the operational cost of the Mahdia Power and Light has for long far exceeded the revenue accrued. The company does not have enough customers on the power grid to get enough revenue so as to generate 24 hours of electricity. Harsawack explained that there are just about 500 customers on the grid and about 85 do not pay for their power generation, for the reason that the first 15 kw of power is free.

Harsawack met with residents of Campbelltown and Princeville, over the weekend in the company of Minister of Local Government and Regional Development, where they heard residents’ concerns as part of government’s focus on reaching out to residents on issues of community and national development.