ST JOHN'S, Antigua - APUA's Electricity Division Manager Lyndon Francis yesterday flatly turned down an OBSERVER request to facilitate a meeting or interview with a representative of the German company that manufactures the electricity generators used in the new power plant, who is currently on island.
The representative, whose name sounded something like "Anthoniza," has been meeting with Francis
and other APUA officials with a view to ascertaining the true age and quality of the six generators and associated engines, each with an individual output of five megawatts.
is thought to be concerned about the allegations surrounding the generators exported from China to Antigua
because of the potential for damage to its brand image and the worldwide reputation that its products have when it comes to quality and sophistication - things that have made MAN
a global market leader.
OBSERVER Radio attempted to get in touch with "Anthoniza" for an interview through his APUA hosts, but when contacted Francis refused to even consider putting this reporter in touch with the MAN representative or facilitate a meeting with him or to supply any contact information whereby he could be reached.
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