Army Corps of Engineers continues power restoration efforts in Puerto Rico

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has relieved the Department of Energy in Puerto Rico.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has relieved the Department of Energy in Puerto Rico. | File photo

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Task Force Power Restoration is continuing to help restore electricity to Puerto Rico after Hurricanes Irma and Maria. 

The Ponce lay-down yard and warehouse have aided in transporting materials from all over the U.S. to Puerto Rico and storing them. There are plans to create a second lay-down yard in San Juan to increase the efficiency of the process.

Robert Govero, a corps logistics management specialist, explained the restoration process, from quantity assessment to transportation from Jacksonville, Florida to the San Juan port then delivery to Ponce. The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority then picks up the requested materials. 

Daniel Brown, Task Force Power Restoration bill of materials accountable officer, emphasized the importance of accountability throughout the process.

Lt. Gen Todd Semonite, visited the team Dec. 21, and explained that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has relieved the Department of Energy, which is normally in charge of grid repair and reconstruction.

The work is projected to be completed by May. 

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