Dear Editor,
Power plant management and operators’ first priority is to produce energy for their customers efficiently and reliably, while creating good business value and profit for the company. The operating profile of a power station is determined to meet these business needs and, together with offering the value of the power station’s management, defines the best ways of organizing operations and maintaining the facility.
The maintenance and operational needs of power plants change during their life cycle due to, for example, potential shifts in the sending profile and market environment.
This must be taken into account in ensuring the optimal operation of the factory after years of operation. There are benefits in carrying out power station condition assessments over its life cycle to identify the potential for modernization that can improve the level of output and cost-output ratio.
The power station management team has various options for extending the power plant lifecycle, including equipment upgrades, fuel conversion and operating profile changes. By adapting the solution to meet plant and customer management needs and matching the plant’s operating profile, its productivity and efficiency can be improved and its life cycle extended.
Power interruptions, such as small shortages or complete power failures, have an impact on society; but
industries also suffer significantly from power cuts. On average, most power supply disruptions from transmission and distribution grids only last for a few hours but complete shutters are not unusual in some parts of Guyana, both types of disturbance directly affecting production companies but also on vital infrastructure systems such as telecommunications networks and water supply grids and hospitals.
The consequences of this interruption to industry are lower productivity, inability to provide services, higher maintenance costs and unsafe operating conditions for equipment.
Therefore, power supply plays a decisive role in securing the economic output of societies. A large number of industrial facilities around Guyana rely on their upstream power grid. In many manufacturing industries and businesses, power interruptions can cause extensive environmental, economic and security impacts.
To mitigate, our PPP / C Government investments in power generation are implemented locally, especially in remote locations where local backup systems are present to prevent disruption at these facilities.

David Adams

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