GPL has full power for Christmas – Govt assures

first_imgPublic Infrastructure Minister David Patterson has assured the nation that there would be full generation capacity during the Christmas season and that only transmission issues would affect service.He was at the time speaking on a “Budget in Focus” programme on the National Telecommunications Network (NCN), stating that the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) Inc has a full supply of 134 megawatts of power.“Any problem we have will be with our distribution and not generation. We have $3.9 billion in our 2019 Budget to address our distribution network. The weak link in our system is our transmission and distribution line. We have repaired it and put it together over the years without thinking about redundancy. So, we will be working on that in 2019,” Minister Patterson explained.Work has already begun on fixing deficiencies before the peak period. Meanwhile, construction of Anna Regina’s new power station in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), which will be equipped with three containerised units, designed for baseload, is almost complete. Minister Patterson indicated that the sets would be on line next week and be commissioned by December 14. He added that the Bartica sets would also be up and running shortly, while Wakenaam and Leguan have adequate supply for the season.He also repeated a call for motorists to avoid drinking and driving which usually resulted in costly damage and blackouts.“When they [motorists] crash into poles, it takes off the system and destroys the transformers and getting a new one is time-consuming and tedious. So, please don’t drink and drive or drive carefully at all times,” Minister Patterson related.As it relates to the gas-generated project, Patterson said, it was on stream and would be a public/private partnership between the Government and an operator.“The funding the Government has is for land preparation, right now we’re doing survey and land acquisition. When Exxon’s Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel gets here, we come back to the supplementary committee for the balance of money to put the pipelines on.”last_img read more

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GPL seeks US$110M from Govt to end constant “blackouts”

first_img…“keeping the lights on is the biggest challenge” – new CEOBy Samuel SukhnandanIn an effort to end the constant blackouts and bring some level of efficiency to local electricity services, the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) Inc is seeking US$110 million to assist with a strategic plan to overhaul the entire operation, as well as upgrade and reconfigure the supply system to produce better electricity.New GPL CEO Albert GordonThis revelation was made by the newly-appointed Jamaica-born Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GPL, Albert Gordon, who said that he has already made the proposal to Government.Speaking on Wednesday at a cocktail reception at Pegasus Hotel, where he was formally introduced to members of the local media, Gordon said that there were several deficiencies that he discovered while on his familiarisation trip to almost all the GPL facilities across the country.“That is the biggest challenge now, keeping the lights on and as I have mentioned in a different forum, there are different contributors to that. Not the least of which is the existing infrastructure and configuration of the system. The GPL system is evolving from a bunch of smaller systems that are being integrated and right now, there are serious deficiencies in the system that we need to address,” he said.Power outagesIn providing a detailed explanation on one of the issues that cause the constant power outages, the CEO explained that in a normal case where a distribution line takes power to someone’s house, in several instances they are connected directly to the generator. But he said this is not how a power system is configured.“You generate, increase the voltage to some high-voltage lines, move it to a substation, reduce the voltage and then distribute to customers. That way the generator is shielded from events that may happen on the distribution lines that run along the road. Right now, that is not the case for a number of substations.”Gordon said in the case of the Kingston substation, there are a number of lines leaving that station. “If there is a fault on any one of those lines, and they are long distribution lines along the road, if a tree falls on it, it feeds all the way back to the generator, takes out those generators. The other generators that are there to protect itself goes off, and the system goes down. So, that’s one major deficiency in the system.”Another deficiency, the CEO pointed out, is the fact that there is not a lot of ‘redundancy’. “Normally when you are designing a power system, if any major piece of equipment should fail, the customer should not know, because there is a backup piece of equipment to ensure that power is still reaching customers.“However, that is not the case. In fact, the transmission system is supposed to keep the rest of the system stable.” According to him, there are a number of lines leaving Sophia, which leads to other substations like Good Hope, Skeldon, and Kingston, which he described as spurs coming off a star system.“It means that if there is a fault on line 16 going up from Good Hope to Skeldon, everything along that side is out and if you have a system separation and there is no balance in the generation, and one side has too much generation, the generators will speed and trip to protect themselves. One side has too little, they will slow down and trip to protect themselves and the entire system goes down again,” he explained.According to him, it is not a case where the units do not try to stay on, but if you keep them on beyond a certain point, they will damage, and it, therefore, shuts itself off. While maintaining that there is a multiplicity of things that can take down the system, he said it going down 25 times as it did last year is unusual.“Normally, if you have a power system that goes down once every 25 years, it is a cause for concern. We had 25 in one year, so that is something that needs immediate attention. Aside from the entire system going down, because of the lack of redundancy in the network, there is no back up. If you take out a line for maintenance, you have outages because you don’t have a backup supply,” he added.PriorityGiven these issues, the new CEO said his first priority was to keep the lights on, but noted that all depended on the investment to make the necessary changes that were required to bring some normalcy to the system.He said, “There is a lot of immediate action that is needed to address the problems…Aside from that, about 50 megawatts of the generating capacity, which is just over 130 megawatts is very old and in need of replacement. So, they fail very regularly. We need to change that and many other things we have to do.”Meanwhile, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson also announced plans to assist the company in its quest to improve its services and possibly loan the entity the required sum that is needed to assist with the strategic plans to bring some level of normalcy to the supply of electricity in Guyana.Patterson also noted that a new Board of Directors for GPL could be named in two weeks’ time as plans are already being made to have a list of the possible nominees submitted to Cabinet for consideration. According to the Minister, this could be taken to Cabinet as soon as next week.Meanwhile, this money now being sought by GPL from Government has already brought up discussions about the decision of Government to scrap the Amaila Falls project.Amaila Falls could have been almost operational by now and consumers could have been close to seeing the end to expensive and unreliable electricity. Guyana would have been entering into the ranks of the top 10 users of clean energy worldwide.The project, which would have been the largest Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the country’s history, had the potential to reintegrate the country with the global capital markets for the first time in over 40 years.last_img read more

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Update: Accident on Alaska Highway near Farmington Store

first_imgUPDATE:  The RCMP have released a few more details.  For those, Click HereThe Alaska Highway has been re-opened in both directions following an accident Sunday afternoon.The RCMP have not released any information at this time.  All we know is the accident caused the highway to be closed around 4pm and we re-opened to traffic around 8pm Sunday night.  The accident occurred 3km north of the Farmington Store.- Advertisement -If you have more information on this accident, send us an email – contact@energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.comlast_img

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Europa League semi-final draw – Sevilla play Fiorentina, Napoli up against Dnipro

first_img1 Holders Sevilla will take on Fiorentina for a place in this season’s Europa League final.Retaining the title will see the Spanish club win the competition for a record fourth time, although overcoming La Viola will be a big ask.Fiorentina overcame Tottenham, Roma and Dynamo Kiev en route to the last four and have home advantage for the second leg.The other tie sees Rafael Benitez’s Napoli take on Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk of Ukraine for a place in the Warsaw final, which takes place on May 27.The Europa League semi-final ties will be played on May 7 and 14. Holders Sevilla will take on Fiorentina for a place in this season’s Europa League final. last_img

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CELEBRITY CHEF NEVEN PUTS DONEGAL RAPESEED ON THE MAP

first_imgHE’S one of the country’s finest chefs – and Neven Maguire has taken a TV opportunity to plug one of Co Donegal’s finest products.Speaking to Brendan O’Connor on RTE1 last night, Neven insisted the only way to cook is with…Donegal rapeseed oil.“I don’t cook with anything else. It has a fantastic nutty taste and it’s great for salads and marinades,” the chef told O’Connor. “When you cook with it it doesn’t smoke like vegetable or other oils, it gives a great even heat. It really is a fantastic local product and I’d highly recommend it to everyone.”He said people should shop around to find it.The celebrity chef has endorsed the oil for cooking many times before – but a plug on national telly will give it another boost.Donegal Rapeseed Oil Co. is located in Raphoe. It is a small, locally owned and operated company in Donegal.Their crops are grown by specially selected, individual, small farm holdings dispersed throughout the county.A previous article can be seen here:https://www.donegaldaily.com/2011/03/14/raphoe-cooking-oil-is-proving-hot-stuff/© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights Reserved The copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.com CELEBRITY CHEF NEVEN PUTS DONEGAL RAPESEED ON THE MAP was last modified: January 22nd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegal rapeseed oilneven maguirelast_img read more

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Downtown set to lose 1st gallery

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “We got wind of everyone selling,” Borchardt said. “The building was in escrow when we went to our accountant to look at our finances to see if we could afford any new rents, because we heard they would be going up.” The sale fell out of escrow, but the news from the accountant wasn’t good. Close up, the accountant said, and cut your losses. “We were barely making the rent,” Borchardt said. “Even though we were advertising and had a lot of sales and special events, we just never got the traffic. It’s hard to sell in this area and I know it takes awhile to get things started, but our accountant showed us there was never an upward climb.” For the artists, it’s deja vu as the sculptors, painters and photographers will be restricted to gallery space given to them by the Canyon Theatre Guild and Barnes & Noble. Scott Bruckner, president of the SCV Artists Association, said he talked with the building owner about staying, but the financial commitment was just too much for the 175-member group. “He told me that they were looking for $2,300, plus a share of the property tax, which would be a 45 percent increase to what we’d been paying. With the limited amount of money in our treasury, we knew we couldn’t afford it.” The 40 Old Towne Star vendors who bring in items ranging from handmade jewelry to hard-to-find antiques and vintage clothing are “sick about it,” Borchardt said. “They liked doing business here,” she said. “The fact that they’re sad shows they feel lost, too.” The sisters are turning their expertise in retail and antiquing into consulting for estate handlers once the store is closed. Old Towne Star’s doors will close to the public Dec. 23, when vendors will pack up and move on. The artists are planning their last big sale for Dec. 18. “It was a big risk to open the gallery,” Bruckner said. “The reason we took the risk was because the city had plans for an arts district downtown and we fit right in.” “As a nonprofit without big sources of income other than hanging fees, coming up with $1,600 and the utilities was tight enough,” Sandy Fisher, the group’s vice president, said. “Fundraising activities helped, but since we’re kind of new, we didn’t have any big ones. Unless we get $15,000 in the next day or two, it’s going to be virtually impossible to carry on.” The group also has some grants pending to provide arts instruction for children. Bruckner said the Newhall area is the area’s most underserved location in terms of visual arts education. Pat Craig, a longtime member of the association and the first artist to sell a piece after the gallery opened in July, lamented its closing. “The gallery brought some cohesion to the group,” she said. “We were more of a club before, but in the gallery, members got to know each other and were inspired by each other’s work. It bound us like nothing else had bound us before.” The closure of the antique store and gallery follows the sale of the adjoining property, the former location of F.U.N. Inc. Also planning to leave the area is Mercado Jalisco, a Mexican market on San Fernando Road. The city’s redevelopment coordinator, Andree Walper, said art galleries traditionally have a hard time surviving, citing the arts district in North Hollywood having problems keeping galleries open. “The theaters seem to do fine,” she said. “It’s all in the marketing.” “I guess we were a little naive,” Fisher said. “We thought the redevelopment plan was going to be something great for us. We never realized it was going to be our ouster.” Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 carol.rock@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEWHALL – The first art gallery in the Downtown Newhall arts district is closing its doors, a victim of rising rents and property acquisitions that kicked into high gear once the city’s specific plan for redeveloping the deteriorating business core was approved. The Santa Clarita Artists Association is moving at the end of December when its landlord, the Old Towne Star antique store, closes its doors for good. The gallery’s demise began when the building at 24335 San Fernando Road was purportedly sold and proprietors of the antique store from whom the artists sublet anticipated a hike in their month-to-month rent. Roberta Borchardt and her sister, Karen Storr, opened Old Towne Star in September 2004, putting their life savings into the venture. last_img read more

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FORMER INISHOWEN COMMUNITY RADIO BOSS WINS CASE AGAINST STATION

first_imgJim DohertyThe Labour Relations Commission has decided in favour of the former manager of Inishowen Community Radio in a case he brought against the station.Jim Doherty was manager at the local community station for more than 12 years and was instrumental in setting it up.Mr Doherty and the station parted company in 2012 amid confusing and conflicting circumstances. He made no comment either at the time or since about the matter but it is known that the station was experiencing financial and industrial relations difficulties for several months before his departure.The LRC found that the company had failed to pay Mr Doherty monies due to him for salary and holiday pay and directed that these be paid immediately.Jim Doherty said that while he welcomed the news it wasn’t the end of the matter.“I’m delighted with the decision but I’ll probably never see a cent of it. As far as I know the company doesn’t exist anymore and whatever assets it had are probably long gone. “The principal is more important than the money though. This is only the first of two cases I had to bring against the station to clear my name and defend myself,” he said.Mr Doherty has a case against ICR coming up in the Employment Appeals Tribunal soon but is reluctant to give more detail about it. FORMER INISHOWEN COMMUNITY RADIO BOSS WINS CASE AGAINST STATION was last modified: September 20th, 2013 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Inishowen Community RadioJIm DohertyLabour Relations Commissionlast_img read more

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JUDGE GIVES DONEGAL ENGINEERING FIRM CHANCE TO TURN THEIR BUSINESS AROUND

first_imgA Donegal company whose owners asked a Judge to give a chance to get back on a sound financial footing has been placed into Examinership.Judge Keenan Johnson:The directors of Milford engineering firm Henry McGinley and Sons appeared at Donegal Circuit Court before Judge Keenan Johnston in Donegal Town.In the first case of its kind in the circuit court, barrister for the company Ms Eithne Reid-O’Doherty said the company, which employs ten people, has a strong chance of survival. The court heard the company once employed up to 30 people but had been forced to let go a number of people recently.It was also revealed how the McGinleys had tried their best to pay off their debts in recent years.An English company has still come after them for cash despite the fact that the company was still trying to pay a remainder of €13,000 from an overall six figure sum it had already paid off.Judge Johnston referred to the efforts to get back that money describing it as “using a hammer to crack a nut.” He said the McGinleys had worked hard and he thought they should be given a chance.“There are green shoots of recovery on the horizon and I would think it is in everyone’s interest that they given the chance to be able to turn the corner,“They are an employer in an employment blackspot and should be given every opportunity to turn it around,” he said.He also appointed Sean Carr of Vision Accountancy to the Examinership, agreed the Examinership for 70 days and adjourned the case until October 16 to allow responses from creditors. JUDGE GIVES DONEGAL ENGINEERING FIRM CHANCE TO TURN THEIR BUSINESS AROUND was last modified: October 7th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalengineering firmHenry McGiney and SonsJudge Keenan JohnstonMilfordlast_img read more

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Warriors Profiles: Klay being Klay is a very good thing, indeed

first_imgHe is the Warriors’ Mr. Steady. And they are happy to have him as much as he is happy to be here.While no one can say for sure where Kevin Durant will be playing basketball after this season, no one could see Klay Thompson leaving the Bay.Catch up on our other “Game Faces” profiles via the links below. But first, it’s Klay’s time…Klay ThompsonContract: 1-year / $18,988,725 remaining (signed a four-year/ $68,979,450 deal in 2014) Outlook: In a rocky, injury-riddled 2017-18 …last_img

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Deep Sea Vents Tantalize Evolutionists

first_imgA team of Chinese and American scientists pulled up fragments of deep-sea vents and analyzed their contents, reported Science Daily.  They said the creatures inhabiting these vents are the “most primitive life forms on Earth,” and so thought that the fragments might provide clues to the origin of life.  Timothy Kusky of Saint Louis University said, “This discovery provides tantalizing suggestions that early life may have developed and remained sheltered in deep-sea hydrothermal vents until surface conditions became favorable for organisms to inhabit the land.”And so another just-so story is born.  The sagacious primitives of the deep knew that all good things must wait, so they hid out in the depths till the surface was ready.  Perhaps they sent pioneers upwards every few million years to see if any returned with good news.    The article asserts unknowable things with feigned certainty.  They said these vents are 1.43 billion years old, as if they read the time off a stopwatch to 3 significant figures (cf. 10/28/2003).  They called these organisms primitive, even though there are complex bacteria, worms, fish, crustaceans and arthropods often inhabiting the vents.  They provided no mechanism by which complex life could “emerge” in the dark, scalding heat and turbulence of one of the most vicious habitats on the planet (06/14/2002).  They ignored the problem of composing ribose, proteins and many other essential molecules of life.  They forgot how damaging sea salt is to incipient life (04/15/2002).    “This discovery offers scientists valuable on-land samples for geological and geobiological research with implications for the origin and evolution of early life on Earth,” Kusky crowed.  Yet Harvard medical illustrator David Bolinsky said that life would not be possible without complex molecular machines (get link to animation at Uncommon Descent blog).  How did these machines just happen to come together, Tim?    The raw data in this article provide no information on the origin and evolution of early life on Earth.  What they do reveal is the marketing hype used by certain scientists needing research funds for geological and geobiological research.  The article also reveals how easily certain people are tantalized by the power of suggestion.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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