As the Guyana Power and Light Incorporated (GPL Inc.) ramps up efforts to fully address electricity issues in Region Two, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Albert Gordon yesterday met with the regional administration to listen to concerns and discuss the way forward.
Speaking with Regional Vice-Chairman Juliet Coonjah and Councillors at their Regional Democratic Council’s office in Anna Regina, GPL’s CEO explained that delivering success to its customers is paramount.
Guyana Power and Light Incorporated (GPL Inc.), Chief Executive Officer, Albert Gordon addressing the councillors seated next to Vice Chairman, Juliet Coonjah.
Gordon explained that the recent load shedding, which resulted in the region experiencing extensive power outages, was unfortunate and inconsistent with GPL’s vision and mission. He assured, however, that efforts were intensified to rectify the situation as early as possible.
“There’s still some root cause analysis being done by the technical team from both MACORP and GPL, but we’ve managed to stabilize the situation. We moved a number of units from Canfield and they became the backbone. As things stand we have those three units functioning well, along with two other units and we can meet the demands,” Gordon explained.
The discussion focused on the type of units being used, the type and amount of fuel being used, the possibility of renewable energy, sourcing electricity from private operators, the effectiveness of renting units rather than owning, and compensation for losses during recent during power outages.
Gordon noted that unfortunately, the units do not adapt and protect themselves during emergencies. He further explained that they utilize light fuel oil, which is more expensive and inefficient.
He indicated that claim forms are available at GPL’s office for any damage suffered during recent power outages. The CEO assured that Anna Regina will see a continued improvement in the service as GPL implements a long-term plan.