Privatization of the electric company may be undone

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The president of the Federal Senate, Davi Alcolumbre (DEM-AP), said on Sunday (8) that he will charge the National Electric Energy Agency (Aneel) for a careful investigation to determine the responsibilities of the company that manages the substation that caught fire in the last November 3, leaving 14 of the 16 municipalities in Amapá without electricity.

According to the senator, who is from Amapa in Macapá, the energy concessionaire Linhas de Macapá Transmissora de Energia (LMTE), under the responsibility of the Spanish company Isolux, should lose the concession, and the undertaking should be taken over by the federal company Eletronorte, Eletrobrás subsidiary. Officials of the state-owned company are even being responsible for resuming the supply of energy in Amapá.

The Spanish company has a history of poor service in the electricity sector and, even so, won the concession to distribute energy in Amapa. Isolux has already given a loss of US $ 476 million to the US state of Indiana, where it also provided services, and ended up being expelled.

In an interview with Estadão, the senator explained that his request reflects the Amapá’s desire for clarification on the causes of the fire that occurred at the LMTE substation, as well as an exemplary punishment for those responsible “so that this tragedy will never be repeated”.

What happened in Amapá?

Last Tuesday (3), a fire caused by a lightning strike destroyed two of the three transformers that operate in the largest LMTE substation in Amapá. With the inoperability of this equipment, there is a need to install new transformers to resume the charge in the state.

Electricity only started to return on Saturday (7) and, the following day, the Minister of Mines and Energy, Bento Albuquerque, declared that 76% of the supply had been restored, although the population complained to Estadão that there was still instability in delivery power.

The Federal Court has already determined a daily fine of R $ 15 million for the concessionaire if the service is not resumed within three days. LMTE stated in a note that it is working “uninterruptedly” to guarantee the complete restoration of the electric power supply in Amapá.


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