Kwakwani Utilities Inc commissions new engines

first_imgResidents of Kwakwani are now benefiting from improved electricity supply thanks to the commissioning of two new engines by the Kwakwani Utilities Inc (KUI).A simple ceremony commissioning the two new 260-kilowatt engines was held at the power station. The new sets more than meet the demands of the community.This is according to KUI’s General Manager, Fitzhubert McPherson, who said that the new sets would allow for much improvement within Kwakwani. McPherson has been General Manager since January 2017.“When I took over, there were a lot of complaints and people were dissatisfied with the power they were having ‘cause it was on and off…and the thing is, you weren’t notified about the power outage. With that, I sat with the technical guy and I said we have to get this thing right and we started doing checks and tests,” he said.He foresees the new sets allowing residents to enjoy 24 hours of electricity, a marked difference from the irregular access they previously had. The old engine, he added, was in dire need of overhauling.“We had two CAT sets before; one engine was costing us a lot of money due to a leak it had that was throwing away most of the oil,” McPherson explained. He further said that the decision to purchase the new engines was taken following a July 2017 study by the Public Infrastructure Ministry.Meanwhile, McPherson emphasised that KUI was serious about ensuring the longevity of the new sets and, as a result, staff members have already been exposed to training in the use of the new engines.“We had a transition to get people knowledgeable of the new sets because we don’t want any mishaps. The representatives from Doosan [the engines reseller] are here doing on-the-job training, getting the guys them sensitised on how to put the engines on and off. There’s a special way to do it and deviating from that would cause a lot of problems,” McPherson further explained. He hopes to have at least two members of staff exposed to more training.Furthermore, McPherson anticipates a massive expansion project to get underway thanks to the new engines.While KUI currently serves approximately 1200 households, this number is expected to grow as the company turns its sights to lighting other areas such as West Bank Kwakwani, Jonestown, New Scheme, and Staff Hill.last_img read more