No fuel for the José Marti plant just after the carnival. Some remote areas have been without electricity for more than two years. It has been about a month since downtown Cap-Haitien was plunged into total darkness by the disruption of the José Marti thermal power plant, the result of the tripartite project signed between Venezuela, Cuba and Haiti.
Since then, the authorities have remained silent, much to the chagrin of households and private companies. In the large courtyard of the Jose Marti plant, on the boulevard, a few technicians were on site last Friday. The work isn’t there. “The engines are there…. We ran out of fuel just after Mardi Gras,” said one union official, who asked not to be identified.
Four of the eight motors, each with an output of 1.7 megawatts, hobbled before the system was switched off. A fifth is available at times, says our informant, in the plant’s yard, with an initial capacity of 13.6 megawatts. “We fear that the General Management will declare the José Marti plant autonomous and will in fact have to buy fuel with its income. »
A manager hinted last month that Cap-Haitien’s EDH earnings did not reach 20% of production costs. Capois must obtain a system powered by solar panels and an inverter…which creates a false illusion of electricity in certain neighborhoods at night. “We spent a small fortune building our electrical system…because the electric current died with President Jovenel,” says Jules, a 43-year-old banker who lives in the city center.
The situation was no better before the former president’s assassination, but downtown had electricity for at least four hours a day.
Some outlying areas have been without power for more than two years.
A situation, according to the above official, which can be explained by the fact that these areas pay almost nothing to the EDH and are characterized by illegal catches. These are areas where illegal catches are commonplace. This puts EDH’s processors at risk.
What about the Sainte-Philomène power station, rehabilitated by former President Jovenel Moïse?
Faced with this situation, more than one in the north considers it necessary to commission the Sainte-Philomène power plant, rehabilitated by former President Jovenel Moïse, with an installed capacity of 10.8 megawatts.
A circumstance that prompted the former candidates for the deputy of Cap-Haitien, Herns Mesamours and Pascal Adrien, to write on February 14 to the owner of the Ministry of Works, Transport and Communications (MPTTC), the engineer Rosemond Pradel, to draw his attention to “the administrative follow-up essential to the commissioning of the Sainte-Philomène power station, the synchronization of which with the Pétion-Bolivar-Marti power station will provide electricity to the municipalities of Cap-Haitian, Plaine-du-Nord, Milot, Acul du Nord, Limbé, Bas Limbé and Port Margot.
Since then, the two friends have made “Kouran pou Okap ak nan rès depatman an” their hobby, occupying public spaces, media and social networks.
Last Wednesday, the two men organized a sit-in in front of the EDH building in Cap-Haitien, rallying dozens of protesters to demand the department’s electrification. An approach considered voters, some criticize. For their part, Adrien and Mezamours believe that electricity is a commons and that their demands transcend all political and ideological sensibilities.