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FUEL LEAK IN MAIN GENERATOR MEANS ROTATING POWER OUTAGES FOR ST. THOMAS

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority said rotating power outages might be needed this afternoon to “troubleshoot alarms on generating unit 23.”

WAPA said it will have a shortage of electrical generation capacity as it tries to repair a leak on its main St. Thomas generator. A routine inspection of unit 23 Sunday revealed a fuel leak.

“The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority announces a tentative schedule of rotating service interruptions on St. Thomas due to a lack of adequate generation capacity to satisfy the demand for electrical power,” WAPA said. “From 11 a.m – 1 pm today, service will be interrupted to portions of Feeder 7A and Feeder 9D, if needed. “

After repairs were completed to unit 23, control system alarms went off when the authority tried to restart it, according to WAPA.

The unit was subsequently taken offline in an effort to avoid a system wide trip, and make repairs to the unit possible.

“We apologize for the inconvenience the rotating service interruptions will cause,” WAPA executive director Hugo Hodge, Jr. said. “We are confident that the alarms on Unit 23 will be cleared and we will successfully restart the unit.”

Hodge added that at the present time three other generating units are on line, including Units 14, 15 and 25. Unit 18 is out of service being retrofitted to burn propane fuel in the generation of electricity.

He said the public will be updated should additional service interruptions be required.
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WAPA has 15,000 electrical customers on St. Thomas.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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