…says company commits to immediately dispatching engineers to correct problems
Prime Minister, Brigadier (Ret’d), the Honourable Mark Phillips, held a special emergency meeting with the management of the Wartsila Corporation this evening, where they agreed to immediately dispatch a team of engineers to Guyana to correct the technical challenges that have temporarily halted operations at the Garden of Eden Power Station.
According to the Prime Minister, the facility is still under warranty, and as a result, thecontracted Finnish company would be liable for any and all expenses.
“As a Government, we will ensure that this project is fixed and that Wartsila covers thecost since there is a warranty in place.”
POOR MANAGEMENT BY APNU/AFC
He said that poor project management during the initial stage of the project by theAPNU/AFC administration has resulted in numerous hindrances.
The Wartsila engines at Garden of Eden
“This 46.5-megawatt project was problematic from the start. The APNU/AFCGovernment embarked on this project in a rushed manner. From August 2, 2020, we havebeen dealing with a lot of corrective work as we seek to implement this project.”
The Prime Minister added that the generators were also reportedly manufactured in 2018,before the commencement of the project in 2019.
Late Friday afternoon, the senior government official visited the power station andannounced that operations at the facility will be temporarily halted as a result of technicalchallenges being experienced with the generators.
On the advice of the technical officials, a decision was taken to shut down the generatorsto avert any occupational safety and health challenges or damages that may occur to thefacility as a result.
Samples collected during preliminary inspections on Friday
“This is a decision that was made based on safety. This is a 55-million US dollarinvestment, and precautions are necessary. We don’t want anybody to be hurt justbecause we decide to ignore what is happening and run the plant.”
Prime Minister Phillips said that with the Demerara Berbice Interconnected system nowhaving less supply to cater to the demand for electricity, there may be load-shedding, butcalled on Guyanese to be patient.
“I want the people of Guyana to understand from a safety and precautionary standpointthat it is necessary that we shut down this plant to do further checks. We will make surethat the problems are fixed. Unlike the previous administration, we intend to ensure thatour people are given the best. One of the objectives of our Government is to end blackouts, and I intend to see that come to past.”