WAPA OKs $71K more for Krum Bay repairs


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ST. THOMAS - The V.I. Water and Power Authority board voted to spend additional money on a repair contract after it was found that damage to the Krum Bay fuel dock is more extensive than originally thought.

The board conducted a special meeting Monday to consider the change order, which adds $70,877 to the existing $396,450 contract with Pro Mar Services Inc. to make additional repairs to the portion of the dock that is underwater.

The dock was damaged June 7, and is disrupting the normal flow of oil delivery to WAPA, which receives about 80,000 barrels of oil at a time when it is transported via a tanker, according to WAPA Executive Director Hugo Hodge Jr.

In an emergency meeting of the board July 1, the board approved the contract - which did not go out to bid because it is an emergency - to Pro Mar Services.

The damaged pier means tankers no longer are able to tie up on the south end of the dock located at the Randolph Harley Power Plant.

The damage includes cracking concrete around a dolphin and separation of the tension piles from the concrete.

WAPA Chief Operating Officer Gregory Rhymer told board members that once repairs began, it was determined that the dock sustained more extensive damage below the water's surface than they first realized.

WAPA officials have filed a permit request with the Army Corps of Engineers, citing the emergency situation at the dock and the need for repairs to commence below water.

The damage is forcing WAPA to rely on barges, which only carry about 29,000 to 30,000 barrels of fuel, Hodge has said. Instead of receiving one tanker and one barge of fuel monthly, WAPA is ordering four to five barges of fuel monthly.

The barges are smaller than the usual tankers, and it is costing WAPA more money for the multiple deliveries.

Hodge said the project to repair the dock will not impede routine fuel delivery and will not hold up the Harley Plant's conversion to liquid propane gas.

"The work will go on as planned," Hodge said.

Repairs to the fuel dock are scheduled to be completed by Oct. 31, according to Hodge.

- Contact Aldeth Lewin at 714-9111 or email alewin@dailynews.vi.

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