Port Kaituma in Region One (Barima/Waini) is set to benefit from a second engine, which will see the community benefiting from around- the- clock power. This is according to the Public Infrastructure Ministry’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Davina Ramdass.
This development comes one week after an engine was installed at the Port Kaituma Power Company following a month-long power outage.
The official informed the Guyana Standard, that in excess of 12M was spent for the new engine. This cost includes transportation.
Ramdass said that the ministry will be looking to install the other engine, which will work in tandem with the new one, to provide a constant and reliable source of power.
The installation and maintenance of the engine will be done by Power Producers and Distributors Incorporated (PPDI) going forward.
The community was sent into a month-long electricity outage following the failure of an engine. Since then, several accusations were made regarding the maintenance of the component and the fluids being used to keep the engine running.
During a protest action outside the PKPLC, villagers claimed that the wrong blend of oil was poured into the engine, which caused the catastrophic failure of the machine.
But, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Hinterland Electrification Company Incorporated (HECI), Horace Williams denied this assertion. He told the Guyana Standard that the engine simply “outlived” its purpose. Williams explained that the engine was in place for several years and after extensive use, the engine became inoperable. This, he said, is normal.