ST JOHN’S, Antigua- Antigua Public Utilities Authority’s (APUA) inability to meet West Indies Oil Company’s (WIOC) cash-before-delivery policy led to yesterday’s six-hour power outage across the entire country.
Sources close to the situation report that APUA purchases fuel on a daily basis and that yesterday, as stocks ran low, the utilities company was unable to power up its engines.
From as far back as 2010, OBSERVER media reported APUA’s indebtedness to WIOC stood at over $80 million – a figure that remains outstanding. These arrears have led WIOC to demand cash upfront when dealing with APUA.
This newspaper was reliably informed that the bunker C fuel delivery trucks were filled and ready to go but WIOC did not dispatch them as the APUA cheque for Wednesday’s shipment was not cleared on time.
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