MEDIA RELEASE- Fibre Optic Cable Energized
Fibre Optic Cable Energized
Demerara Berbice Interconnected System strengthened
Georgetown, Guyana. December 14, 2016: The remedial works on the damaged submarine cable which linked the company’s Power Plant at Vreed-en-Hoop into the Demerara Berbice Interconnected System (DBIS) was successfully completed and energized on December 8, 2016.
The restoration of this cable has improved the company’s available capacity by eighteen (18) megawatts within the DBIS. This is sufficient capacity to meet the peak demand during the Christmas season and into 2017.
Last evening, December 13, the DBIS experienced a total shutdown at 20:41 hrs following a trip on the transmission line spanning from Kingston to Sophia, which was a result of a burst 13.8kv primary conductor on Stone Avenue, Campbelville that came into contact with another energized primary circuit.
Repowering efforts commenced at 20:52 hrs within Kingston and Cummingsburg areas. Restoration of service continued into all other areas within the DBIS with the last community being repowered at 22:58 hrs. Regrettably some customers within Demerara remained without power until 23:55 hrs, as our technicians worked assiduously to stabilize the grid before continuing restoration attempts.
In an isolated incident, around 01:08 hrs this morning customers in Kitty, Campbellville, Homestretch Avenue, Sophia, West, East and North La Penitence and Werk-en-Rust experienced an interruption in the supply of electricity due to a localized fault which was subsequently corrected and power restored at 01:43 hrs.