told The Daily OBSERVER that while he
cannot say there will be no outages, he
is confident that recent upgrades and changes implemented by the company will be sufficient to meet the season's demands.
said the changes referred to include the installation of additional generating capacity and more efficient maintenance of the system.
In any case, Francis
said there had been a decline in the overall load demand from a high of over 50 megawatts in August to just about 48 megawatts at present.
attributes this to the fact that as year end approaches and it gets seasonally cooler, there's less consumption of refrigeration and air conditioning.
therefore doesn't believe the Christmas season necessarily means the local distribution system will be stretched to capacity.
is instead telling consumers they can breathe easier when it comes to possible spoilage of their refrigerated items due to possible power failures.
described recent power interruptions as brief and isolated, saying they were related more to maintenance than capacity.
The electricity boss said it's anticipated that when the new power station under construction at Crabb's is complete, its additional 30 megawatts of power will put most of the country's electricity woes in the past for good.
was however careful to point out that complete freedom from electricity interruptions or other deficiencies of service was a utopian ideal that practically no country has been able to attain.
has recently been advertising three top positions, including that of Francis
Asked whether this meant anything for his
future with the company, he
said the ads were a routine end-of-contract procedure.
Francis indicated that he was still very much interested in continuing to serve APUA in his current capacity as manager of the electricity division.
spoke with The Daily OBSERVER during a linesmen rodeo at the Cassada Gardens race track on Friday afternoon.