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(Wednesday, May 11, 2011)

MEDIA ALERT:  Update 6:30 p.m.




            The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority has restored service to all feeders serving St. Thomas, St. John, and Water Island as of 6 p.m. Service was interrupted to all feeders just after 7 a.m. today when the 42-megawatt gas turbine Unit #23 in the Randolph E. Harley Power Plant tripped off line due to an oil leak. Other units quickly dropped off line when they were unable to sustain the increased load demand as schools and businesses prepared to open for the day.

            By noon, service had been fully restored to several feeders and to portions of most feeders serving the St. Thomas/St. John district. By 2 p.m., technicians were able to bring steam turbine Unit #11 on line and restore several more feeders.  By 6 p.m., Unit #23 was back in service and all feeders had been fully restored.

            WAPA apologizes to its customers for any inconveniences that occurred throughout the day due to the service interruptions.    

            To reference feeder lists, customers can log on to  and click on the customer tab. WAPA can be reached at 340-774-1424 for line-related problems.