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WAPA LAYING UNDERWATER CABLE FROM RED HOOK TO ST JOHN ON FRIDAY

(Wednesday, June 22, 2011)

 

The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority is advising mariners that Kerite Cable Services will be laying submarine cable on Friday from Red Hook, St. Thomas to Frank Bay, St. John. The installation of 18,000 feet of 34kV cable will begin at 8 a.m. and be completed within 24 hours.  

According to WAPA Executive Director Hugo V. Hodge, Jr., the new cable will greatly improve power transmission reliability to St. John if the two cables now serving the island experience unforeseen or accidental failure. Hodge said that the cable will accommodate the rapidly growing electrical demand on St. John for the next 25 to 30 years and is a major step in meeting the Authority’s reserve planning criteria. The project is funded by the utility’s Series 2010 electric revenue bond issue at a cost of $4.4 million.  

Mariners are urged to move with caution from the Red Hook Point area to Frank Bay and to cooperate with the regulatory agencies and the work crews as they pull the undersea cable. Hodge noted that mariners will be notified if unusual tidal or weather conditions cause project delays.

WAPA appreciates the cooperation of Virgin Islands mariners during this service enhancement effort.

 

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