Residents of Anna Regina on the Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) are calling for the urgent repair of streetlights which have not been working in various communities for the past nine weeks.The contour of nonfunctional lights spans from the village of Three Friends to Walton Hall. As such, concerns have been raised, since the area pose a threat to persons who use the roadway in the evening hours.A resident of Anna Regina (name withdrawn) who contacted this publication noted that the Cotton Field area is seemingly perilous since there were a number of reported robberies in the past few weeks. It is, moreover, dangerous to students who would take that route after sundown when their lessons are dismissed.“I have children that come home after dark and it’s not safe because they could be robbed, or even worse,” the resident explained.Recently, the man noted that there were instances wherein a number of persons were relieved of their belongings by bandits who camouflaged themselves due to the unlit path.“They hide themselves in all the corners and wait for people to pass, and then take away whatever they have,” the concerned resident explained.Additionally, the roadways are unsafe for motor vehicles, since the only light to pave the way if that of a car’s headlights. This results in the increase of animal fatalities in that section of Anna Regina.“Now, the animals are on the road but we can’t see them from far, so most of time we hit them unintentionally,” he added.Members of the various communities are calling on the relevant authorities to have the streetlights fixed as soon as possible.
Construction of Anna Regina’s new power station 75 per cent complete, on schedule for mid-December commissioning.The new Anna Regina Power Station will be the first in the county to utilise heavy fuel oil which is more economical for operations. Project Engineer, Hugh Peru said Essequibians can look forward to a continuous and reliable supply of electricity when the plant is completed.Ongoing construction works on the new Anna Regina Power Station“This new power plant is unique in the sense that it is a containerised baseload facility. We’re accustomed to having a facility where all the engines are in one engine room but with this one, we have three containerised units which are designed for baseload. The residents of Essequibo will definitely be experiencing improved power supply. Currently, our peak generation target is 4.7 megawatts and this plant will give us 5.4 megawatts,” the project engineer underlined.Peru told the Department of Public Information (DPI) that while there were some delays in the delivery of equipment and hiccups with contractors meeting deadlines, the project is progressing.“We have our diesel engines placed on site with all the auxiliaries. What is left to be done is connecting of the auxiliaries to the main engines and the electrical works which will comprise of installation of the switch gears in the building,” Peru explained.Meanwhile, residents along the Essequibo Coast are currently experiencing normal electricity supply. A fifth unit was transferred from Canefield to the Anna Regina Power station which will provide an additional 800 kilowatts.This new unit will allow for a reserve capacity for eventualities. Moreover, load shedding will significantly reduce and self-generators will also be supplied.