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Puerto Rico Electricity-Recovery Contract: $319-Per-Hour Line Workers

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Washington Post:For the sprawling effort to restore Puerto Rico’s crippled electrical grid, the territory’s state-owned utility has turned to a two-year-old company from Montana that had just two full-time employees on the day Hurricane Maria made landfall.The company, Whitefish Energy, said last week that it had signed a $300 million contract with the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority to repair and reconstruct large portions of the island’s electrical infrastructure. The contract is the biggest yet issued in the troubled relief effort.Whitefish said Monday that it has 280 workers in the territory, using linemen from across the country, most of them as subcontractors, and that the number grows on average from 10 to 20 people a day. It said it was close to completing infrastructure work that will energize some of the key industrial facilities that are critical to restarting the local economy.The power authority, also known as PREPA, opted to hire Whitefish rather than activate the “mutual aid” arrangements it has with other utilities. For many years, such agreements have helped U.S. utilities — including those in Florida and Texas recently — to recover quickly after natural disasters.The unusual decision to instead hire a tiny for-profit company is drawing scrutiny from Congress and comes amid concerns about bankrupt Puerto Rico’s spending as it seeks to provide relief to its 3.4 million residents, the great majority of whom remain without power a month after the storm.“The fact that there are so many utilities with experience in this and a huge track record of helping each other out, it is at least odd why [the utility] would go to Whitefish,” said Susan F. Tierney, a former senior official at the Energy Department and state regulatory agencies. “I’m scratching my head wondering how it all adds up.”The House Committee on Natural Resources is examining Whitefish’s role in Puerto Rico, said Parish Braden, a spokesman for the committee. The hiring of the little-known company has been noted by the trade publications Utility Dive and E&E News.Under the contract, the hourly rate was set at $330 for a site supervisor, and at $227.88 for a “journeyman lineman.” The cost for subcontractors, which make up the bulk of Whitefish’s workforce, is $462 per hour for a supervisor and $319.04 for a lineman. Whitefish also charges nightly accommodation fees of $332 per worker and almost $80 per day for food.Only eight contracts larger than $20 million have been approved for Puerto Rico by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers, with half of those for shipments of food and bottled water. Whitefish’s contract surpasses the $240 million contract the Army Corps awarded to engineering giant Fluor to “augment ongoing efforts” to repair the power grid.The commonwealth, strapped for funds before Hurricane Maria hit, is expected to run out of cash as early as the end of the month, according to people familiar with the island’s finances. And even if the Senate and the president approve the House’s $4.9 billion aid package for Puerto Rico, the island might need more money in as little as three months.PREPA did not reach its agreement with Whitefish until Sept. 26, six days after the storm swept through. By comparison, the Florida utility FPL requested mutual aid before Hurricane Irma hit. The result was an army of nearly 20,000 restoration workers, including FPL employees, from 30 states and Canada at work on the first day.On Oct. 1, FPL had teams assembled to assess damage in Puerto Rico. It posted notices in Spanish and English on its Facebook page: “FPL is ready to help Puerto Rico.” Florida Gov. Rick Scott mentioned the offer in a news release.The Florida utility says it never received a reply. The Puerto Rican utility has not replied to offers of assistance from mutual-aid partners, according to the American Public Power Association, which coordinates such operations.More:  Small Montana firm lands Puerto Rico’s biggest contract to get the power back on Puerto Rico Electricity-Recovery Contract: $319-Per-Hour Line Workerslast_img read more

Roach rises one as holder slips in ICC test rankings

first_img(CMC) – Kemar Roach’s four-wicket first-innings haul in the Old Trafford third Test has seen him gain one place in the latest International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Test bowling rankings.The 32-year-old seamer, the leader of the West Indies attack, now lies 15th and is one of three maroon cap players in the top 20.Roach finished with four for 72 in England’s total of 369 all out, in the process becoming the ninth West Indies bowler and the first in 26 years to reach 200 wickets in Tests.The Barbadian finished the three-Test series with eight wickets as West Indies lost the final Test by 269 runs to concede the series 2-1.Captain Jason Holder, meanwhile, dropped two places to fifth after picking up just two wickets in the final Test while speedster Shannon Gabriel remained unmoved at 19th after claiming just two.Off-spinner Roston Chase, the only other West Indies bowler in the top 50, remained 31st. He claimed 10 wickets in the series.In the batting rankings, elegant stroke-maker Shai Hope rose two places to 68th, following scores of 17 and 31 in the final Test.It was the only bright spark of the tour for the 26-year-old, who struggled with 105 runs overall at an average of 17.Holder remained the highest-ranked West Indies batsman at 41st with wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich (48th) and opener Kraigg Brathwaite (50th) completing the top 50.Australia’s Steve Smith has continued his reign at the top of the batting rankings while fellow countryman Pat Cummins still dominates the bowling rankings.There was no change in the all-rounders rankings with Holder lying second behind top-ranked Ben Stokes of England.last_img read more