Public services authority ASEP today warned electric company Edemet, a division of Gas Natural Fenosa, that it will be fined $10,000 daily if ti does not comply with a series of actions requested by Asep "to improve the distribution network in West Panama and decrease interruptions in the service of electricity."
ASEP Director Zelmar Rodriguez said that Edemet will need to submit documentation that it has taken corrective actions or face the fine.
"Failure to comply with [these actions] will be considered contempt of court," Rodriguez said.
The sanctions had already announced last week by President Ricardo Martinelli, who said during an official ceremony Wednesday that Edemet would be fined for $10,000 daily "until they fix the problems it is having in Arraijan and La Chorrera."
The government has levied a series of fines against the company. It was fined $24.9 million for frequest power outages, but the case has stalled in the Supreme Court.
Martinelli said that it is time for the electric distribution company "to start working and giving good service."
The fines come a year before the expiration of the 15-year concession granted to the firm. It is 49 percent state-owned.
ASEP officials it is extending office hours in Arraiján, La Chorrera and Capira to handle claims. Its offices in those areas will be open for the next two weekends from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The claims include damage to appliances due to frequent outages.