Genset orders up for Puerto Rico power and telecoms

November 14, 2017


California-based Polar Power has been awarded a “multi-purchase order” to provide 15-kilowatt backup diesel DC gensets at telecoms sites across hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico.


Polar said an “initial” 57 units from an unnamed “new Tier-1 wireless carrier customer in the US” were shipped to the island at the end of October.


CEO Arthur Sams said the company had seen an increase in requests for proposals following recent hurricanes in the region.


Meanwhile, a $240m contract to provide emergency power for critical infrastructure in Puerto Rico has been awarded to the Texas-based Fluor Corporation.


The contract was awarded by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in the wake of devastation caused by Hurricane Maria at the end of September.


Details of the equipment to be provided were not announced. However, USACE said its contractors had prepared a site for the installation of generators at the island’s Palo Seco plant. The plant is one of the main power providers to the city of San Juan.


USACE’s South Atlantic Division commander Brigadier General Diana Holland said the funds were part of a package of measures “toward re-energising the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority.


“We welcome this contract award which will bring needed personnel and equipment in support of the power grid repair mission,” Holland said.


USACE said Fluor Corporation “will augment on going efforts to repair transmission and distribution lines”, including the provision of “temporary emergency power and spot generation for critical facilities and “ensuring adequate generation at power plants” as well as reinstalling and repair transmission and distribution lines.

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