Press Release

DBIS Service Interruption

18th September 2019

Georgetown, Guyana – Wednesday, September 18, 2019: At approximately 03:17 hrs this morning, the L16 Transmission Line which links the Sophia and Good Hope substations tripped causing power generating units at our Kingston power plant to shut down, disrupting service to customers in the Demerara-Berbice Interconnected System (DBIS).

At the time of the trip, the line was transferring approximately 16 megawatts of power. Due to the abrupt and significant loss of bulk power within the DBIS, the generation protection system was automatically activated to prevent damage to the engines at the Kingston plant.

Remedial efforts to restore power commenced immediately with the first area being repowered at approximately 03:45 hrs. Incremental restoration continued until the final area was repowered at approximately 06:11 hrs.

The Guyana Power and Light Incorporated (GPL) offers sincere apologies for the inconvenience caused.