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Corps on track to deliver Puerto Rican citizens life-sustaining power

Task Force Power Restoration
Published Dec. 28, 2017
More than 3,000 pressure-treated utility poles, along with hundreds of concrete and steel poles, arrive at the lay-down yard in Ponce, Puerto Rico, part of the tons of critical electrical components flowing in daily from throughout the nation to rebuild the island’s electrical distribution system. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Task Force Power Restoration team continues to amass an inventory of critical power grid materials for onward delivery to the workforce.

More than 3,000 pressure-treated utility poles, along with hundreds of concrete and steel poles, arrive at the lay-down yard in Ponce, Puerto Rico, part of the tons of critical electrical components flowing in daily from throughout the nation to rebuild the island’s electrical distribution system. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Task Force Power Restoration team continues to amass an inventory of critical power grid materials for onward delivery to the workforce.

Pressure-treated wooden utility poles are unloaded at the lay-down yard in Ponce, Puerto Rico, part of the tons of critical electrical components flowing in daily from throughout the nation to rebuild the island’s electrical distribution system. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Task Force Power Restoration team, works 12-hour shifts, seven days a week, to complete the mission of rebuilding Puerto Rico’s devastated power grid.

Pressure-treated wooden utility poles are unloaded at the lay-down yard in Ponce, Puerto Rico, part of the tons of critical electrical components flowing in daily from throughout the nation to rebuild the island’s electrical distribution system. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Task Force Power Restoration team, works 12-hour shifts, seven days a week, to complete the mission of rebuilding Puerto Rico’s devastated power grid.

Tons of critical power grid materials arrive daily for housing at the Ponce warehouse, part of the critical electrical components needed to rebuild the island’s power grid. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Task Force Power Restoration team maintains 100 percent accountability of every item, from the smallest electrical component to the 5,500-pound concrete utility pole, until it arrives at the delivery site, is stored and ultimately issued to the workforce.

Tons of critical power grid materials arrive daily for housing at the Ponce warehouse, part of the critical electrical components needed to rebuild the island’s power grid. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Task Force Power Restoration team maintains 100 percent accountability of every item, from the smallest electrical component to the 5,500-pound concrete utility pole, until it arrives at the delivery site, is stored and ultimately issued to the workforce.

Hundreds of massive coils of heavy high tension wire arrive at the lay-down yard in Ponce, Puerto Rico, part of the tons of critical electrical components flowing in daily from throughout the nation to rebuild the island’s electrical distribution system. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Task Force Power Restoration team is amassing an inventory of critical power grid materials, awaiting restoration site distribution requests from the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority.

Hundreds of massive coils of heavy high tension wire arrive at the lay-down yard in Ponce, Puerto Rico, part of the tons of critical electrical components flowing in daily from throughout the nation to rebuild the island’s electrical distribution system. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Task Force Power Restoration team is amassing an inventory of critical power grid materials, awaiting restoration site distribution requests from the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority.

PONCE, Puerto Rico (Dec. 24, 2017) – In an effort to help Puerto Rican citizens recover from devastation in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Task Force Power Restoration continues its mission to restore the island’s electrical power grid.

It’s a mission with a daunting challenge: how do you procure thousands of tons of critical materials from throughout the nation, transport them across vast miles of water and into the hands of work crews?

That’s where the Ponce lay-down yard and warehouse come in.

The Ponce site is the team’s focal point for amassing an increasing inventory of critical power grid materials, including thousands of wooden, concrete and steel utility poles and hundreds of massive coils of heavy high tension wire. At the warehouse, tons of smaller grid components, transformers, conductors, insulators and electric regulators are among the items housed.

Robert Govero, a Corps logistics management specialist working at the lay-down yard, stated that when their mission to restore Puerto Rico’s power grid began, it took time to spin-up and get these critical materials flowing in mass to the island.
 
After scouring the nation to obtain needed quantities of grid components, the team has seen a marked increase in the amount of materials arriving to support the mission.

The utility poles, wire coils and other component materials are barged down the Atlantic Ocean from Jacksonville, Florida, to the San Juan Port, where they are carefully inventoried and off-loaded onto semi-trucks for delivery to Ponce.

Once a request is received through the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, the warehouse team quickly assembles the material request onto pallets for pick up.

“We maintain 100 percent accountability of every item, from the smallest electrical component to the 5,500-pound concrete utility pole, until it arrives at the delivery site, is stored and ultimately issued to the workforce,” said Daniel Brown, TF Power Restoration bill of materials accountable officer.

During the last 72 hours, said Brown, more than 70,000 items have been packed up for issue to the workforce.

“Last Friday, 20 truckloads of material was delivered to the workforce,” added Brown.

Plans are underway to stand up a second lay-down yard in San Juan to speed delivery and make the process more efficient.