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Puerto Rico government approves $20 million for electric utility improvement projects

By on March 28, 2019

Prepa’s Aguirre Complex in Salinas (File)

At Aguirre, San Juan plants for water treatment, fuel storage

SAN JUAN – Puerto Rico’s Fiscal Agency and Financial Advisory Authority (Aafaf by its Spanish acronym) approved a second round of financing of more than $23 million for infrastructure projects of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (Prepa) and clean water management in the towns of Camuy and Villalba.

The funds, which come from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and are managed by the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (DNER), are in addition to $20 million recently approved by Aafaf.

The fiscal agency’s executive director, Christian Sobrino Vega, explained that the projects that were approved include a more than $1.8 million investment for the design and construction of a storm sewer system for the Puente Community in Camuy and $533,000 to plan and design a sanitary sewer system for the Toa Vaca Community in Villalba.

In addition, “a $20,830,800 global investment was approved for the following construction projects that will be carried out for the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority: (i) improvements to the Aguirre Power Plant water treatment plant ($7,815,800); (ii) improvements to the San Juan Power Plant water treatment plant ($5,014,800); (iii) rehabilitation of the fuel tanks at the Palo Seco Power and Aguirre power plants ($5,000,000); (iv) replacement of public lighting fixtures in sensitive areas ($1,000,000); and (v) improvements to irrigation channels at Costa Sur ($2,000,000),” Aafaf’s release listed.

“These projects will surely add to the reconstruction, improvement and resiliency process of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority and represent another step towards the transformation of our energy system,” Sobrino said.

Prepa Executive Director José Ortiz Vázquez was quoted in the release as saying: “While we transform to cleaner, more efficient natural gas and renewable technologies we have to maintain our present assets in optimal operating conditions.”

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