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Three represent VINLEC at CARILEC engineering conference


Engineers from the utilities sector in the region were enlightened about engineering projects and programmes undertaken by VINLEC at the just concluded Engineering and GIS Conference, hosted by the Caribbean Electric Utility Service Corporation (CARILEC).{{more}}

CARILEC is an association of electric utilities, suppliers, manufacturers and other stakeholders operating in the electricity industry in the Caribbean, with a membership of 88.

Three engineers from St Vincent Electricity Services Limited (VINLEC) were among the group that assembled to discuss new technologies in the engineering field within the sector. VINLEC’s team included senior planning engineer Ricky Wright, electrical engineer Earlan Myers and assistant engineer Inga Jackson.

At the conference, each member state presented an overview of the technologies used in the Transmission and distribution system, the generation system and within the commercial division of the company. Among the topics presented by VINLEC were renewable energy including the Solar PV project and the hydro upgrade project and the Smart Metering Pilot Project.

The 2013 conference highlighted the work of the University of the West Indies and CARILEC, as they search for a sustainable alternative to diesel. It also addressed the need for scholars and the electric utility industry to work together for the benefit of the region. The 2013 conference provided opportunities for discussion on successes and challenges of with the various technologies the fields of GIS, losses reduction and system reliability.

Companies that provide services to electricity utilities also mounted an exhibition at the conference, promoting new technologies in an array of fields including control, monitoring, maintenance, generation and transmission.

The conference was held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Trinidad and Tobago from July 29-31 under the theme “Building Synergies – Leveraging Technology.”