2014 NEC HandbookThe Hinterland Electrification Company Inc. (HECI) will be training 100 individuals on the essentials of the National Electrical Code (NEC) – an adoptable standard for the safe installation of electrical wiring and equipment in the United States - over a two-week period, October 12 – 23, 2015.

HECI falls under the Ministry of Public Infrastructure (MPI).

According to Horace Williams, the Unit’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), an expert from the USA will facilitate the training programme, to be held at the Regency Hotel.

“We are adopting this code as the standard for electrical installation and wiring for all buildings. In 2008, new Electricity Sector Reform Technical Standards Regulations were introduced under our Electricity Sector Reform Act of 1999,” Mr. Williams explained.

Under these new regulations, the NEC, which was developed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), was adopted as the standard to govern electrical construction, installation, repair and upgrade in Guyana.

Meanwhile, the upcoming training programme is expected to be the last before the NEC is brought into effect in Guyana. NFPA facilitators conducted similar training programmes on two previous occasions.

The training will be done in two batches of 50 which compose of electrical contractors, engineers, lecturers and instructors. Upon completion participants will receive a NFPA certificate and a 2014 NEC Handbook.

Minister within the Ministry, Annette Ferguson, will deliver the opening remarks on Monday, October 12.

Submitted by
Aneka Edwards