Private power company in Hadramout demands the government $17 million
Hadramout Investment Power Company (HIPC) is one of the leading power companies in Hadramout governorate which generates 70 megawatt and covers 75 percent of coastal Hadramout.
The company accommodates 120 Yemeni workers and was established in late 2010.
The company’s service is based on a contract with the Electricity Public Corporation.
The company is responsible for providing power to locals in the Coastal Hadramout, and the government is in charge of paying the electricity dues.
Locals pay the government the electricity fees.
The manager of the company, Najeeb Abdullah Shahra, told to the Yemen Times that the Electricity Public Corporation has not paid its bills, totaling some$ 17 million.
“The ongoing situation is at risk of further deterioration unless the government takes action in order to prevent an impending disaster. The situation is an indicator that the national unity government is not exerting its best efforts to alleviate its people’s suffering,” said Shahra.
Over the past year of political turbulence, HIPC endeavored to supply power though without pay.
“We endured an extremely difficult situation over the last year year. We understood that the country was in unusually tough circumstances. Thus, we remained committed to generating power without payment. However, we have now come to the end of our patience, “said Shahra.
The situation in Coastal Hadrmout will be disastrous unless the government acts promptly to thwart the tragedy, according to Shahra.
He showed the Yemen Times a copy of the presidential order demanding the Electricity Ministry’s and Finance Ministry’s quick solution of the problem.
President Hadi penned in an official paper that the company submitted to him that, “Work hard to pay what is due to Hadrmout Company in terms of power generation,” meaning the Electricity and Finance ministries.