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WAPA, Vitol Begin Work on Propane Conversion Project

Posted on June 4, 2015

The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) and Vitol Virgin Islands Corporation have announced the commencement of minor dredging work in the Richmond Channel and dock improvements at the Richmond facility consistent with a recently issued Army Corps of Engineers permit. The work is the last major portion of the construction phase of the propane conversion project.

The marine contractor, Orion, has vast experience in doing this type of work in the region. Its vessel arrived Sunday; over the next five days, Orion will be unloading the barge in preparation for the start of work. The barge will be supported by a 75’ Tug. All work activity will occur during daylight hours, six days per week, and it is anticipated to begin between June 6 and 8; lasting approximately six to eight weeks.

Dredging activity is anticipated to last for a period of four weeks and will be conducted intermittently in order to accommodate other construction activities and scheduled WAPA fuel deliveries. All work will be performed in accordance with provisions and conditions of the recently issued Army Corps of Engineers permit.

The work includes:

– Minor dredging of approximately 60 cubic yards of material;

– Installation of a total of 12” x 24″ and 2” x 60″ piles using a vibration hammer

“The propane conversion project continues to make steady progress,” said WAPA Executive Director Hugo V. Hodge Jr., “and we are committed to completing this project as soon as possible to advance our goal of lowering electricity rates for our customers — the people of the Virgin Islands.”

WAPA and Vitol have notified officials from the V.I. Port Authority, Seaborne Airlines, and the U.S. Coast Guard of the commencement of work so as to ensure all safety and logistical concerns are fully satisfied for their respective operations and responsibilities. It is anticipated that the proposed dredging and dock improvement activities will not affect services provided by Seaborne Airlines or any marine and boating traffic in the Christiansted harbor. Also, in accordance with requirements the permit, officials of the V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have been notified of the anticipated date of commencement for marine work on St. Croix.

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