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New GPL submarine cable boosts supply in East Demerara; West Demerara residents may experience interruptions

The Guyana Power and Light Inc. (GPL) says it successfully energized a new 13.8 kV submarine cable across the Demerara River linking the Vreed-en-Hoop and Kingston power plants on Tuesday. 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 ...

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Ghana to help Guyana’s energy sector

Ghana’s President, Nana Akufo-Addo has agreed that his country would help Guyana’s energy sector, Director-General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon said. Briefing the media after Akufo Addo was conferred with Guyana’s national award, the Order of Excellence by President David Granger, Harmon said the technical assistance cooperation would be provided free of cost. “This is very important ...

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‘No oil blocks investigator contacted me’; probe will prove deals above board – Former Natural Resources Minister

Former Minister of Natural Resources, Robert Persaud on Sunday said no government investigator has questioned him concerning the issuance of oil concessions and he and members of the then People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) administration were not worried about an independent probe. Officials of the State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA) less than one month ago caused quite a stir locally ...

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Occupational safety visits to Guyana offshore drill-ships too costly for Labour Department to conduct

The Labour Department cannot afford the money to inspect oil exploration vessels offshore Guyana to ensure they are complying with the country’s occupational safety and health laws, Labour Department Consultant Francis Carryl said Friday. “When we can afford to go out there, we will go to see exactly what is happening and I doubt whether we can go more than ...

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GPL rolls out emergency plan to reduce blackouts

Guyana Power and Light Inc. on Wednesday said fixing the damaged submarine cable-link between Kingston and Vreed-en-Hoop power stations will take several weeks, and so efforts are being made to boost generation capacity. Chief Executive Officer, Albert Gordon told a news conference that as part of its emergency response, the power company is hoping to seal power purchase agreements with ...

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Natural gas eruption in northwestern Guyana

Natural gas was Tuesday continuing to spew in northwestern Guyana from what was expected to be a potable water well being drilled by a Brazilian company for a private businessman, official said. Region 1 (Barima-Waini) Chairman, Brentnol Archer told Demerara Waves Online News that as far as his regional council was aware, no information or request was submitted. “Our concern ...

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Submarine cable fault causes blackout in several Berbice, Georgetown, East Bank Demerara areas

The Guyana Power and Light (GPL) said numerous areas in Berbice, Georgetown and East Bank Demerara would Monday night have no electricity due to a fault along sections of its submarine cable that links the Vreed-en-Hoop to Kingston power stations. “On Sunday night, June 2, the submarine cable which links our Kingston and Vreed-en-Hoop Stations developed a suspected fault along ...

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Ghana President to visit Guyana next month

Ghana’s President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is expected to visit Guyana next month and he and his Guyanese counterpart, David Granger, are due to discuss energy cooperation, among several other areas. Granger announced, in a speech at the accreditation of Ghana’s non-resident High Commissioner, Professor Abena Pokua Adompim Busia, that Akufo-Addo would visit Guyana from June 11th to 12th. “We ...

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Power restored after trips in Demerara-Berbice system

The Guyana Power and Light Inc. (GPL) on Tuesday said an almost-three-hour-blackout in Demerara and Berbice was initially triggered by an “abrupt” loss of a total of 16.5 megawatts (MWs) of generation capacity at the Kingston and Vreed-en-Hoop power plants. “Remedial system restoration commenced within minutes of the shutdown which resulted in power restoration in both Counties. Our Company remains ...

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Guyana seeks Islamic bank funding for technical-vocational training for oil sector jobs

Guyana has asked the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) to finance the training of local persons for the emerging oil and gas sector, even as top officials said foreigners would have to be employed if there are insufficient Guyanese to fill vacancies. “A reverse linkage programme in technical and vocational training with emphasis on addressing the critical needs of our emerging ...

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