WAPA approves $2M to fix faulty steam turbine
Published: January 29, 2013
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ST. THOMAS - The V.I. Water and Power Authority on Monday approved an emergency, no-bid contract worth almost $2 million to repair a broken steam turbine on St. Thomas.
WAPA's board unanimously approved a $1.9 million contract with ARM Services, a Florida-based company, to disassemble, inspect, repair and reassemble a steam turbine at the Harley Power Plant known as Unit 11.
Once repaired, the unit, which recycles excess heat from two other generators to create electricity, should be able to produce 12 megawatts of electricity at a cost of 29 cents per kilowatt hour, according to WAPA. This should generate $584,000 a month in savings, WAPA Executive Director Hugo Hodge Jr. told the board.