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Plaskett applauds WAPA receiving Army Corps permit for propane project

Congresswoman grateful to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for working with Virgin Islands to streamline permitting for development projects in the territory

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Washington, DC, January 21, 2016 | comments

The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority moved one step closer to completing its propane conversion project thanks to the approval of the long awaited permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE).

The approval of the ACOE Permit will allow WAPA to improve, enhance, and convert the existing fuel pier at the Harley plant and offshore vessel mooring, to use liquid propane gas (LPG) as the primary source of fuel for power generation.
 
Congresswoman Plaskett’s office had been working closely with WAPA, the ACOE, and the Northern Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) toward streamlining the permitting process for development of projects in the territory, which has been a priority since Plaskett took office in 2015.
 
“I am pleased to see the Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) make good on their promise to resolve the backlogs that have delayed the permitting for various development projects in our territory. I am encouraged and remain hopeful that this approval is emblematic of the Corps’ commitment to continue their work toward expediting the decision-making process, which has been at the heart of many of our local project delays that have caused hardship to the territory and have put significant investments and critical regional resources at risk,” Plaskett said.

According to WAPA, the permit allows the authority to move forward with their project to improve, enhance and convert the existing fuel pier at the Randolph Harley Power Plant and offshore vessel mooring, to use Liquid Propane Gas as the primary source of fuel for power generation.
 

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