Puerto Rico gov receives cargo to rebuild electrical system
SAN JUAN – Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló received a second shipment of equipment and materials from Dallas, Texas, to be used in rebuilding the island’s electric infrastructure.
The world’s largest aircraft, the Ukraine-built Antonov An-225 Mriya, arrived for the second time in Puerto Rico with five double-trailer tractor trucks in addition to two that had previously arrived. Another shipment is expected to arrive as well.
The governor received the cargo alongside Prepa Executive Director Ricardo Ramos at the José Aponte de la Torre Airport in Ceiba.
In addition, a helicopter and other smaller trucks arrived to assist the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (Prepa) with resources and equipment for the required repair work.
The Antonov AN-225 Mriya will make three daily trips to bring equipment for the utility’s seven regions to reinforce efforts and renew the utility’s vehicle fleet.
Currently, 60 local companies work for Prepa as electrical contractors and debris removal personnel, adding to the more than 100 brigades that have been working since Hurricane Irma.
“We have a number of resources and we will use them all to ensure the equipment and personnel are in order to rebuild the power grid as soon as possible,” Rosselló said Thursday.
Equipment from different companies has been received, including via a barge at Crowley Maritime’s port terminal with utility trucks from Jacksonville, Florida.
“We are aware of the loss of personnel, as well as of the decay that has occurred in both materials and infrastructure. We appreciate the support given by Governor Rosselló Nevares in authorizing the request to acquire this fleet,” said Ramos.
Aponte de la Torre Airport has 115,700 pounds of recovery aid that includes food, water and hygiene items such as diapers and soap.