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During a meeting held Thursday, the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority Board of Directors elected as chairman Department of Property and Procurement Commissioner Anthony D. Thomas, seen above. Noel Loftus was elected as vice-chairman, while Juanita Young was re-nominated to serve as board secretary. The governing board members include: Mr. Thomas, Mr. Loftus, Ms. Young, Gerald T. Groner, Hubert Turnbull, Cheryl Boynes Jackson, Elizabeth Armstrong, Energy Office Director Kyle Fleming, and Bureau of Internal Revenue Director Joel Lee.
In regular action, the board approved a $3.7 million contract to facilitate completion of the second phase of the Frederiksted Water Line Rehabilitation project. Once completed, the project will significantly improve water quality to customers on the west end of the island and reduce line loss the authority currently experiences as a result of aging pipelines, WAPA said.
The contract is with Leumas Engineering and calls for completion within an eight month period. WAPA’s Water Division was awarded a grant under the territory’s Drinking Water Capital Improvement grant program in addition to funding by the V.I. Public Finance Authority to complete the rehabilitation of the water infrastructure in Frederiksted Town. The first phase consisted of the rehabilitation of pipelines and associated equipment from New Street to Strand Street. The second phase encompasses similar work on Queen Cross Street, King Cross Street, Hill Street, Hospital Street, New Street, King Street, Queen Street, Market Street, and Customs House Street.
In other action, the board approved an operating expense budget for the Water Division of $27.8 million, and a capital budget of $14.2 million. The board will consider the Electric System’s operating and capital budgets during meetings in August.
Other approvals included:
In his monthly report, Executive Director / CEO Lawrence J. Kupfer informed board members that at both power plants, a significant portion of the power demand is being met with smaller, propane fueled, efficient generating units. “On St. Thomas, three Wartsila units are providing about 50% of the power generation in the district, while the Aggreko units on St. Croix are satisfying about two-thirds of the power demand. These units represent the future look of WAPA: fuel efficient, smaller, generating units using LPG as a primary fuel source.”
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