The cost and reliability of electricity is also recognized by Government as a major factor for profitability and smooth business operations, especially in energy intensive industries such as mining and manufacturing. A combination of Government and private sector initiatives suggests that measurable improvements in the supply and distribution of electricity could nevertheless be achieved in the near future. Several larger businesses have recently set-up operations to generate their own power facilitated through various incentives offered by Government. This will help to reduce pressure on the grid. A roadmap has also been drawn up for the re-introduction of private participation in GPL to help improve its operating efficiency. The Unserved Areas Electrification Programme is expected to link at least 30,000 additional households in 200 under-served and unserved communities to the electricity grid. As part of Guysuco’s Skeldon Modernization Project, a new co-generation plant is also expected to contribute 10 MW of power to the national grid. Moreover, in March 2005, Omai Services Inc. (OSI), whose diesel plant has an installed capacity of 12 MW, was granted a license to supply electricity to the Linden Electricity Company.

While these developments in the energy sector will have a positive short-term impact, the most promising option is the development of Guyana’s hydropower potential. In this regard, negotiations are currently ongoing to develop a 100 MW scheme at Amaila Falls in western Guyana. In other alternative energy plans, the Guyana Energy Authority is other means of alternative energy.


Hydro-Power in Guyana

The following is a summary of 67 potential hydropower sites in Guyana:

Eclipse Falls, Region 1

Studies have estimated the potential capacity at Eclipse Falls as 4 MW. All data relating to this site is currently being updated under the Unserved Areas Electrification Program.

Summary Data of the Pre-feasibility Study

Catchment Area 2,437 km²
Maximum Reservoir level 27.67 m
Full supply level 26.0 m
Low supply level 22.0 m
Live storage 145 X 106 m3
Dead storage 45 X 106 m3
Total storage 190 X 106 m3
Area at fsl 52 km²
Average runoff 870 m³/s
Design flood 950 m³/s
Tailwater level at average runoff 20.75

earthfill and concrete
711.75 m
•Length of concrete
188 m
•Total length of dam
898.75 m
•Crest elevation
30.60 m
•Crest width
7.0 m

3 X 100 kW
•Rated head
7.0 m
•Unit discharge
19.0 m³/s
180 rpm
1250 kVA
•Power factor
•Annual firm energy output
14.19 GWh

Transmission Line
•Length to Matthews Ridge
34 km
•Length to Port Kaituma
37 km
•Total length
71 km
22 kV
•Rated frequency
60 Hz

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