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WAPA TO COMPLETE TRANSPORT OF PROPANE STORAGE TANKS FRIDAY;

(Thursday, February 26, 2015)

ROAD CLOSURES SATURDAY TO ALLOW FOR ROADWAYS TO BE RETURNED TO ORIGINAL STATE


The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority and its propane conversion contractor, VITOL, will take delivery of the final two propane storage tanks that will be used in the St. Thomas - St. John district on Friday morning. The two remaining tanks, which arrived on St. Thomas today, will be transported in a convoy along the movement operation route beginning just after daybreak tomorrow.

“This will be another giant step forward in the ongoing propane conversion project. By Saturday, all tanks will be in place at the propane storage terminal atop Grambakola Hill overlooking the power plant,” Hodge said today. He said the two remaining tanks will proceed along the usual route to transport them from the Crown Bay Homeport dock to the storage terminal. “On Friday morning, we will be engaging our final movement and we once again ask the motoring public for its cooperation as we adjust the traffic flow through Subbase to accommodate the tank movement.”

Hodge said that on both Wednesday and today, tanks have been transported along the route from the Crown Bay dock to the propane terminal. “We are fortunate that along the winding route, we have not encountered any major problems. We are hopeful that tomorrow’s final movement will go without a hitch.”

The WAPA CEO also cautioned that beginning on Saturday, some road closures along the route used to transport the tanks will be in effect. “Once the final tanks have been installed, we will begin the process of restoring the roadways to the condition we found them. There were some signs removed, metal plates placed to solidify weak spots, islands and meridians removed. We want to restore all the facilities as we found them,” Hodge said.

He encouraged motorists traversing the Sub Base area on Friday and Saturday to pay attention to both road signs and flagmen that will be along the route with updates on traffic flow and restrictions.

“This has been a good week for WAPA…we dedicated our new solar plant in Donoe, we are moving towards wrapping up the movement of the propane storage tanks on St. Thomas and we had a good board meeting today which saw some key approvals needed for time sensitive projects ongoing at the Authority in both island districts,” Hodge said.

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