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Present at this meeting from the ...
Present at this meeting from the Government and APUA were the Honorable Dr. Winston Baldwin Spencer, the Prime Minster of Antigua and Barbuda, Honorable Harold Lovell, Mr. Clarvis Joseph, the Chairman of APUA Board of Commissioners, Mr. Esworth Martin, the General Manager of APUA and Mr Lyndon Francis, the Electricity Manager of APUA.
ST JOHN'S, Antigua - APUA's ...
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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Lyndon Francis told The Daily ...
Lyndon Francis 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.
Lyndon Francis, the ...
Lyndon Francis, the Electricity Manager at APUA anticipates that another 25 to 30 MW of generation capacity will be required in the next 2 years."This contract with PDVSA and Aggreko will enable us to continue normal operations, without the disruptions of load shedding" he added "In the meantime, steps are being taken to put in place a long-term solution that will increase generation capacity," he added
The outcome of the meeting was ...
The outcome of the meeting was unknown up to press time and calls made to APUA's Electricity Manager Lyndon Francis went unanswered.
The only comment coming from the authority's spokesperson Cathrona Samuel yesterday was, "Upon conclusion of discussions (today), we do hope to be in a position to issue a statement regarding the issue."
Residents were caught off-guard yesterday morning when a system failure knocked out both electricity and water services across Antigua
before six in the morning.
The power outage gave rise to an emergency meeting between Francis
and officials of APUA's
main supplier of power, APC
When The Daily OBSERVER spoke with Samuel earlier in the day, she
was unaware of the actual cause of the island-wide power outage.