On Thursday, August 18, 2016, a GPL team with assistance from a team of submarine cable experts from China retrieved GPL’s submarine cable from the Demerara river bed in order to assess the extent of the damage to the cable.
GPL had conducted a comprehensive test on the cable subsequent to a total shutdown on Tuesday, July 12 which attributed the incident to faulty insulation at the connection or “Pot Head” linking the 69KV submarine cable to the overhead transmission lines at Kingston; based on a preliminary distance readings obtained from the protective devices at our substations at Kingston and Vreed-en-Hoop and concluded that the tests indicated damage to the cable.
An inspection of the cable was necessary in order to determine the extent of the damage.
Having established the degree of damage the submarine cable experts have since recommend a remedial course of action, that is to remove the section of the damaged cable and to joint the cable using a special submarine cable jointing kit which GPL is currently pursuing in order to bring the cable back into operation in the shortest possible time.
In the interim the Company has confirmed that there is sufficient capacity within East Demerara and Berbice to meet the electricity demands of its customers.