Burns & McDonnell introduced this week that it was awarded a contract for program administration companies to assist the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) with the revitalization of Puerto Rico’s electrical grid. The work can be primarily funded by the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Relief (CDBG-DR) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing.
In 2017, Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico inflicting many of the island’s transmission and distribution infrastructure to be severely broken. There was an entire lack of energy in all 78 municipalities of Puerto Rico.
The agency’s contract contains:
- mission formulation and funding,
- mission administration,
- design administration companies,
- environmental and historic preservation companies,
- building administration companies,
- accounting companies,
- procurement administration companies,
- program administration and different enterprise workplace capabilities.
The first precedence is to create a portfolio of initiatives to revitalize the ability grid in addition to present the modernization required to implement Puerto Rico’s new power coverage set forth by the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). Other priorities will embrace strengthening the island’s transmission spine, hardening or relocation of electrical substations in flood areas and strategic distribution underground.
The Puerto Rico Public-Private Partnership Authority (P3A) awarded Luma Energy the contract for operations and upkeep (O&M) for Puerto Rico’s transmission and distribution (T&D) system. As program supervisor, Burns & McDonnell may even coordinate with Luma on future initiatives.
A crew from Burns & McDonnell have been deployed to the island instantly after the hurricane to assist grid restoration actions. Many of those workers can apply data gained about Puerto Rico’s energy grid in the course of the restoration work to additionally assist numerous program administration actions. The firm additionally plans to rent native workers and interact native firms to assist the multiyear mission.
For the final yr, Burns & McDonnell has been collaborating with PREPA to offer coaching for its engineering group within the areas of grid modernization applied sciences and seismic design. This has helped to fill a data hole that was created by the lack of practically 40% of PREPA’s extremely expert operational workforce.
“The sheer scale and widespread devastation and destruction attributable to Hurricane Maria on the ability grid has created a chance to utterly rebuild it in a resilient and trendy method,” says Efran Paredes, CEO of PREPA. “We are working to cut back power prices, promote sensible power consumption and defend the atmosphere. And in the end and most significantly, we wish to ship a grid to the folks of Puerto Rico that’s resilient to extreme climate circumstances sooner or later.”
Gabriel Hernandez, basic supervisor, Burns & McDonnell Caribbean, mentioned, “Hurricane Maria was a catastrophe nobody needs to expertise once more. We know the island will doubtless be hit with one other highly effective storm someday sooner or later. We wish to make certain Puerto Rico is resilient when the subsequent storm strikes.”
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