The US Army Corps of Engineers has chosen American engineer Fluor to repair Puerto Rico’s power grid in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. The contract includes evaluation, restoration, repair and replacement of the island’s electrical infrastructure.
The three-month job is worth $495m with a ceiling of $831m and is the second awarded to the firm for power restoration work on the island.
The previous $240m contract was awarded to Fluor by the Army Corps of Engineers on 16 October this year, with additional funding of $261m granted on 4 December.
Tom D’Agostino, president of Fluor’s Government Group, said: "Our job is to help repair and restore transmission, subtransmission and distribution lines, as well as substations across the island.
"With the support of the corps and the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, we are making daily progress.
"We have people and the equipment in place and are adding resources as needed. In addition, we are working with more than a dozen local businesses and are procuring hundreds of thousands of dollars of local materials."
Image: Hurricane Maria in September 2017 (Wikimedia Commons/Antti Lipponen)