Puerto Rico ‘still relying on backup gensets’

January 9, 2018



Backup power systems continue to help support homes, hospitals and businesses across Puerto Rico in the wake of devastating hurricanes that hit the Caribbean last September.


According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) temporary emergency power mission to the unincorporated US territory, some 980 temporary gensets remain installed out of more than 1,200 units shipped there in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.


USACE’s Jennifer Harty said: “We are continuing to install generators at critical public facilities and maintain the generators that are already installed.”


Medical centres and water and wastewater treatment and pumping facilities are among those still relying on the gensets as work continues to re-establish power lines and associated infrastructure.


The Texas-based Fluor Corporation, which was awarded a $240m contract last year to provide emergency power for critical infrastructure in Puerto Rico, said on 8 January it had also completed repair work with USACE on two 115kv transmission lines linking substations.


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