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News » US » Puerto Rico gets another $140m for power grid restoration » published 10 Apr 2018

Puerto Rico gets another $140m for power grid restoration

The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is awarding an additional US$140.5m of work on the power grid restoration efforts in Puerto Rico.

The additional resources will further support emergency power restoration by increasing the value of an existing contract.

The Unified Command Group—comprised of USACE, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority and the Island's Power Restoration Coordinator— continually evaluates the ongoing work in order to restore electricity across the island.

The additional funds raise the PowerSecure contract amount to US$510.6m and enable continued restoration efforts into May. The increase in funds will allow PowerSecure to maintain personnel, equipment and materials on the island, in order to continue the repair of hurricane-damaged electrical lines particularly in the hardest-hit and most remote areas. The contract was originally awarded on 19 October 2017.

"We are proud to continue our role in this vital mission, working at FEMA’s direction alongside our Unified Command partners," said Col Jason Kirk, USACE task force power restoration commander. "The additional resources from FEMA will enable us to work through April and into May to restore electrical service to remaining customers, mainly in Puerto Rico’s remote mountainous areas."

 

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This article was published on 10 Apr 2018 (last updated on 10 Apr 2018).

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