USACE says over 270 power generators installed in Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN – More than 270 generators have been installed in Puerto Rico and hundreds more are being flown or being brought by barge from the mainland to power the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico after Hurricane María disrupted power service, federal officials said in a statement.
“Ideally, we shoot for 25 generator installs per day,” said B.J. Parkey, subject matter expert on temporary emergency power for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).
“Realistically, if we can get between 15 and 20 installations per day, we’re doing well,” he said in the release.
The remarks appeared to contradict those of Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (Prasa) Director Eli Díaz, who said that in the case of his agency, only 12 to 15 of the 150 generators he had asked for, has been installed as of Friday.
According to Parkey, FEMA is working with top government officials in Puerto Rico to determine the priority of generator placement throughout the island.
“Once the critical areas are determined, teams from the 249th Engineer Battalion conduct an electrical assessment of the facility, which consist of ensuring there is terrain access to the facility, and the facility is capable to structurally obtain temporary power,” Parkey said.
After the facility is approved for installation, contractors from local companies install the generator and perform routine maintenance until full power is restored.