WAPA crews to be relocated during generator conversion

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ST. THOMAS - The V.I. Port Authority is letting the V.I. Water and Power Authority use some land and buildings to temporarily house the utility's line department.

WAPA's engineers and materials for the line department must be relocated while the power plant is under construction to convert its oil-fired generators to propane.

The WAPA employees will be housed in a small building in Sub Base, across from the former WAPA offices in that area.

"We need to relocate the WAPA Line Department from the Randolph Harley Power Plant to the Sub Base location to accommodate the construction of the housing for propane tanks for the Authority's upcoming conversion to propane for power generation," WAPA Executive Director Hugo Hodge Jr. said.

Port Authority Executive Director Carlton Dowe said the authority has approved a one-year use permit for WAPA to use the remainder of Parcel 161-E, Sub Base. 

The Port Authority is also negotiating a one-year permit for WAPA to lease Parcel 16-A, which is at the foot of Sara Hill across from King Airport's main road. 

Dowe said the land will be used as a staging area to assemble the propane tanks. 

It is an area that the public often uses as a parking lot when exercising in the Lindbergh Bay area. Dowe said despite WAPA's use of the property, a portion will be left open for parking.

He added that the port authority will reserve a portion of the lot for the public to park their vehicles when walking along the airport road to exercise.

"WAPA has provided manpower, equipment and consultations to facilitate the operations of the Port Authority many times over the years and we are pleased to be able to assist them now with this project," Dowe said.

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