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Board Approves Storage of 6B HRSG

(Monday, October 13, 2014)

In an emergency meeting on Monday, October 13, 2014, the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority Governing Board authorized WAPA’s Executive Director to negotiate and enter into a contract with Hamon Deltak (HD) for handling, transporting and storage of the 6B Heat Recovery Steam Generator (HRSG) for twelve months during redesign of the unit. The negotiated contract will be on a month-to-month basis, at a cost not to exceed $584,316 for the twelve month period.

When the 6B HRSG was initially procured, the Authority engaged HD to redesign the Unit.  Initially HD contemplated allowing WAPA to lay down the unit in space that was available at HD premises while it went through the redesign process. Late Thursday evening, WAPA was notified that the space at the HD facility had since been occupied with other equipment, and was no longer available, free of charge, for the storage of the 6B HRSG. HD had however identified a leased storage facility, within close proximity, where the 6B could be offloaded and stored. This facility allows the HRSG components: ducts, modules, valves and instrumentation, to be stored in an environment free of tropical/salt air, preventing damage from prolonged exposure to the elements.  The size of the new location allows for proper inspection, assessment and inventory of the components all at the site, until the HRSG is ready for shipment to the Randolph Harley Power Plant on St. Thomas.

Unit 21 HRSG is also being redesigned at the HD facility.  The Authority will realize a cost savings by paying once for offloading and staging fees, when both units are transported to St. Thomas at the same time.

Board members in attendance were Chairman Atty. Gerald Groner, Vice Chair Juanita R. Young, Secretary Noel Loftus, Donald Francois, Cheryl Boynes-Jackson and Elizabeth Armstrong.  Planning Committee Chair VIEO Director Karl Knight and Licensing and Consumer Affairs Commissioner Wayne Biggs were absent.

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