The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on Sunday approved a nearly $600 million provision to promote Rebuilding Puerto Rico’s damaged electrical grid.
The multi-million dollar federal contribution will allow materials to be purchased in advance, so resources are available at the start of reconstruction work, according to a FEMA statement.
The announcement comes at the start of the hurricane season, which began on June 1, and after last April a fire at a power plant in general dimming Throughout the island it lasted several days.
The Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator, José G. Baquero, explained that the Island Electric Power Authority (PREPA) has already provided the agency with a preliminary list of materials and equipment that are currently in short supply and that usually have a long life. term.
“This is a broad requirement that includes transmission and distribution areas, substations and communications. The goal is to get the materials in time to start work,” Bakero said.
Among the materials included in this project are about 2,500 miles of transmission lines, about 23 miles of submarine cable for the municipalities of Vieques and Culebra, 300 substations, about 200,000 transformers and about 13,400 miles of feeders.
Executive Director of the Central Office for Recovery, Reconstruction and Resilience (COR3), Manuel A. Labue Rivera, that “the purchase of equipment under this important commitment will allow the rapid development of other projects.”
These chests join others 18 projects To repair the electricity network, the amount of about 700 million dollars.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved approximately $12.8 billion for the PREPA Emergency and Permanent Action Program to address the damage to the island caused by Hurricane Maria in 2017 And for the earthquakes of 2020.
This year marks five years of Hurricane Maria, which devastated Puerto Rico and destroy your network electricity, which left many areas without electricity for months.
Since then, the fragility of the power grid has been a source of concern and resentment for the residents, tired of the usual blackouts and afraid of the new Big power outage During this hurricane season.