PowerSecure contract to repair Puerto Rico grid increased by $48 million
SAN JUAN – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced Sunday that it will be accelerating the repair of Puerto Rico’s power grid by increasing the contract awarded to PowerSecure Inc. by $48 million. The funds are provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
With the change PowerSecure’s contract is now up to nearly $88 million.
“Having a contractor who is already doing an excellent job gives us the ability to accelerate our efforts. We are always looking for all the available resources to expedite the repairs that will bring electricity to the citizens of Puerto Rico,” said the commander of USACE South Atlantic Division, Brig. Gen. Diana M. Holland, said in a written statement.
The increase will bring additional personnel, equipment and materials to repair the transmission and distribution lines damaged by hurricanes Irma and María, connecting them to powerplants in San Juan, Mayagüez, Ponce, Bayamón, Carolina and Arecibo.
One day after the original contract was awarded, crews of the North Carolina-based contractors arrived in Puerto Rico to begin the assessment of the power grid on the west side of the island. They are currently repairing power lines, while evaluation teams continue to identify damages.
As assigned by FEMA, USACE leads the federal effort to repair the electrical power network damaged by the hurricanes with support from the Government of Puerto Rico.