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Construction works at Kingston power plant

The foundation works have already begun for the construction of the new power plant at the GPL Kingston location, – expected to become operational later this year.

It is said that 95% of its operations will be undertaken using heavy fuel oil that will increase the company’s generation capacity, and significantly reduce its cost of operations.

There are plans to connect the new plant to the Sophia substation using transmission lines that run along the Lamaha Railway Embankment.

During this year the power company also intends to introduce pre-paid meters, continue its illegal connection removal initiatives and prosecute defaulters as part of its technical and commercial loss reduction plan.

The introduction of pre paid meters has raised a number of skepticisms in sections of the society.

In a recent interview with the Chief Executive Officer Bharrat Dindyal it was pointed out that the bulk of the money to be invested this year will cushion the power company against high fuel prices.

GPL has outlined a five year expansion and development plan that will see some US$71M being spent on capital works during the period 2009-2013.

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