New national control centre being constructed to support Guyana’s gas project 

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The Office of the Prime Minister in Guyana is seeking to have a national control centre constructed to facilitate the country’s energy infrastructure overhaul, including support for the Gas-to-energy project. It has issued a public Request for Proposals (RFP) from qualified contractors for the provision of Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) services. 

These services are intended to construct a state-of-the-art facility for the Guyana National Control Centre (GNCC), which will play a crucial role in supporting the integration and dispatch of the new 300 MW combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant. This facility will also enable Guyana Power and Light (GPL) – the country’s electricity provider – to efficiently supervise, manage, and control the newly upgraded power system.

Kalpataru Projects International Limited (KPIL), an Indian company had secured the US$159 million contract to develop transmission lines and substations, which will be pivotal in bolstering the project. The transmission infrastructure is scheduled for completion by 2024.

The US-based partnership CH4/Lindsayca will be constructing the power plant in an integrated facility with a natural gas liquids (NGL) plant, at a cost of US$759 million.

The scope of work outlined in the control centre RFP encompasses all EPC activities necessary to complete the GNCC Building and install all systems. This includes the contractor’s overall responsibility for designing, procuring, constructing, commissioning, and maintaining the building to meet specific performance and function standards.

Notably, the project’s scope also includes supplying and installing a comprehensive diesel-fired generator set, designed to operate continuously. The generator set’s capacity is required to be ISO-rated at 125% of the design load capacity of the GNCC Building. Furthermore, the proposal mandates an appropriately dimensioned building to house the generator unit and an ISO-rated fuel tank with the capacity to ensure autonomy of 24 hours.

GtE is touted as the most transformational project in Guyana’s history. It involves building a pipeline to transport 50 million cubic feet of natural gas from the Liza field operated by ExxonMobil to the processing facility at Wales. The project is already moving apace with construction shaping up at the Wales site, and pipelaying.

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