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Four critical projects withdrawn from Puerto Rico fiscal board desk

By on March 16, 2018

SAN JUAN – Four proposals under the federal Promesa law’s Title V Critical Projects Process (CPP) that were in the public comment stage have been withdrawn by their sponsors, leaving only seven projects.

The proposals were for projects to build a North Wind Park; peak, or high-demand, units for the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (Prepa); energy infrastructure for the Bayamón and Ponce correctional facilities; and the proposed Arecibo incinerator. The latter was rejected by the administration, saying it did not meet the island’s energy goals.

A Title V project that remains under evaluation and is currently receiving public comment is Viewpoint at Roosevelt, a housing development focused on transportation that obtained funds from the Puerto Rico Housing Finance Authority (PRHFA ).

Noel Zamot, Puerto Rico fiscal board’s revitalization coordinator (Screen capture of www.naturalresources.house.gov)

There is also the “repair and mobilization” of the former U.S. Navy Isla Grande Dry Dock for servicing commercial and government ships in the Port of San Juan, including hurricane recovery support vessels from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The dry dock was built to Navy standards and is structurally sound but has been inactive for some years. The dock’s operational pumps, engines, electrical transformers and substations, and connections have been eliminated, been abandoned or have sunk.

The list includes four solar energy projects, two of which would have been in Vega Baja, one in Barceloneta, which still has no funds, and one in Cabo Rojo.

There is also Streamflow Technology Corp.’s hydroelectric generation project for Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority’s (Prasa) plant in Trujillo Alto’s Lake Carraízo. The project involves building three turbine units that would be powered by floodgate flow to produce 8 megawatts.

Critical projects are those deemed essential for infrastructure and creating jobs. If approved, they go through an expedited permitting process so they can be built as quickly as possible.

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