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WAPA: Outage unrelated to APR decision to turn off generators

Virgin Islands Daily News

Mar. 11--The V.I. Water and Power Authority is investigating the cause of a three-hour blackout on Tuesday that left much of the St. Thomas-St. John district without power.

According to WAPA spokesman Jean Greaux Jr., Unit 15, a WAPA-owned turbine at the Randolph Harley Power Plant, tripped and led to the entire plant going down in a "domino effect" around 3:15 p.m.

While two units were brought online, one tripped moments later resulting in the plant losing all generation capacity for a second time, Greaux said.

Two units were eventually brought online successfully, and restoration of service commenced around 5:18 p.m.

Service was restored to all customers by 6:40 p.m.

Greaux said the cause for the initial trip of Unit 15 is not yet known.

The power outage came on the heels of an announcement by APR Energy that they would be suspending operations today due to late WAPA payments.

Greaux said Tuesday's blackout was "not in any way" related to the APR suspension of service.

WAPA reassured residents that notwithstanding APR's decision to demobilize its generating units, WAPA has the capacity to provide continuous electrical service to all residents of the St. Thomas-St. John district.


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