Theo Heyliger criticizes government for repeated power outages


stmaartengebe generatorSome Gebe generators are in a bad condition. Photo Today / Hilbert Haar


St. Maarten News – The seemingly extensive mechanical and other problems faced by the Gebe power plant are taking a toll on the economy and putting additional stress on residents, United People’s party leader MP Theo Heyliger said in a press statement.

“Residents and businesses have had to deal with frequent power outages for going on two weeks and there has been no clear indication from government about what is going on. Gebe, after all, is a government owned company,” Heyliger said. “Government is busy battling it out with company board and no attention is being paid to the operations. So in all of this who suffers? The people of St. Maarten. They have to sit in the dark and wait for the lights to come back on.”

The UP leader said he warned since last year about the failure to prepare with the acquisition of a new generator for the power plant. “Yes, a new generator will take time to get to the country. I have pointed out how stretched the existing generators are at the power plant. No attention was paid and now the lights continue to go off,” he said.

Source: Today SXM Theo Heyliger criticizes government for repeated power outages