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Haiti - Energy : Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas could be deprived of electricity...
29/03/2012 10:04:03

Haiti - Energy : Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas could be deprived of electricity...
The Electricity of Haiti (EDH) following to a correspondence from of Bureau of Mines and Energy (BME) outlining the operation of a sand quarry near electricity pylons in Morne à Cabri, wishes to alert public opinion about a serious situation which could affect the metropolitan area of ​​Port-au-Prince.

Indeed, to Morne à Cabri, near the pylons #97, #98 and #101, is exploited a career already closed several times by the judicial authorities. The uncontrolled exploitation of this career calls into question the stability of the pylons that support transmission lines of 115,000 volts. A possible fall of the pylons, would have important consequences in the metropolitan area. In addition of causing a reduction in the supply of Port-au-Prince in electricity, it could lead to cases of electrocution.

In order to avoid another disaster to the country, the EdH wishes to inform the general public that it has already alerted the authorities, sent a letter to the Departmental Director of the West of the PNH, whose copy was sent to the Minister of Public Works Transport and Communication and to the authorities concerned to take appropriate action.

Recall that already in August 2011, the Haitian Council of Non State Actors (CONHANE), the Civil Society Initiative (CSI) and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Centre joined their forces to denounce the unregulated exploitation and wild of sand quarries in Morne à Cabrit. Noting that the quarry operators had dug sand of manner irresponsible and criminal at the base of the pylon number 97-101, that carry high voltage electricity from the Central of Péligre to Port-au-Prince. Noting among other things, that the pylon bearing the number 100 threatened to fall at any time...

8 months later the EdH sounds the alarm, but so far nothing has been done...

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