WAPA plans rolling blackouts this weekend on St. Thomas

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In the early morning hours of Sunday, the V.I. Water and Power Authority will cut power to sections of St. Thomas as it makes modifications to its generators.

From 4 a.m. to 6 a.m., service will be interrupted to portions of feeders 7A (from Altona to Northside), 7B and 9C (from Raphune Hill to Fort Mylner), and 7C (from Fort Mylner to Old Tutu).

From 6 a.m to 7 a.m., service will be interrupted to portions of feeders 8B, Ridge Road, 9C and 9D (from the Nadir/Bovoni intersection to Fort Mylner).

"At no point will an entire feeder be out," WAPA Executive Director Hugo Hodge Jr. said.

WAPA crews will be taking down units 15 and 18 to remove a "blind," which will allow Unit 11 to begin to use the heat generated from Units 15 and 18. Unit 11 is a waste heat recovery boiler, and it runs on the heat produced by the other units, saving energy and lowering the amount of fuel required to make electricity.

While workers are in the units, they will install items needed for conversion to burning propane, getting the power plant ready for the next phase in the propane project.

Hodge said Unit 13 on St. Croix will be coming offline next week to be fitted with the conversion equipment as well.

"All that prep work is going on right now," Hodge said.

Some units are already equipped to burn propane, and a new unit is under construction that will come ready for the conversion to propane.

That new unit should arrive in the territory in early fall, Hodge said.

Some spotty outages in isolated areas have occurred in recent weeks.

Several weeks ago, WAPA took Unit 23 offline and it is still down while a part is shipped to the territory. Hodge said that unit should be up and running again in a few weeks.

Customers experiencing service interruption beyond the scheduled times should contact WAPA at 774-1424 or email communications@viwapa.vi.

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

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