EC$2M in repairs at DOMLEC’s hydro plant

first_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring! BusinessLocalNews EC$2M in repairs at DOMLEC’s hydro plant by: Dominica Vibes News – May 13, 2016 281 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share Generation Manager at DOMLEC Dave StampThe Dominica Electricity Services Limited (DOMLEC), the sole power generating company on the island, has revealed that the damage done to some of its infrastructure in the Roseau Valley area is approximately two (2) million Eastern Caribbean (EC) dollars. This was revealed by Generation Manager Dave Stamp during a media tour of DOMLEC’s hydro plants on Thursday 12 May 2016 at Laudat and Trafalgar.Hydro Supervisor, Charles McClean explained that PADU headworks at the Trafalgar Power Station, where tree roots now hang in the air, was once covered with solid land but it was washed away by the river during Tropical Storm Erika last August threatening the infrastructure. Stamp said the tendering process for the project has been completed and the company is making the final selection of bidders; a process that is expected to be completed in two or three weeks. “We are pushing to complete this before the end of the year; the quicker we can have this restored the better for us because as we stand here, now although the system is operational.”However Stamp added that should another storm like Erika occur, the current structure and intake diversions would be lost hence causing a loss to the output of the Padu Power Plant and this would severely affect its production. No temporary work has been done in that area, he added, because of the difficulty in doing so. “It’s just difficult to do temporary works here, we have done some temporary works along the roadway because that was easier to access; which is one of the reasons why we have expedited the process of tendering this so we can get works started.”As such, this area has been one of major focus for the company and will most likely be one of the first places where a contract will be awarded due to the lack of temporary fixes. Other agencies will be engaged in repair works on the road leading to the Trafalgar Plant and this should begin sometime in June.Stamp added that contract contingencies are in order in case the contractor has to make certain additional provisions for the work to be done, or if there is any damage to completed works caused by inclement weather. “Yes it will be a challenge if it is a very active hurricane season and especially if it is a flood related hurricane season, because our biggest challenge at this location and at the location along the road would be [flooding]; so if there are any flooding events then there might be delays and difficulties but we will have to deal with those when it comes,” he explained. As to accessing the site, he said it was a challenge and is still being worked on via arrangements with private land owners which are part of the contractual agreement. Furthermore, Stamp said the current heavy rains have not threatened the infrastructure any further. “So far we’ve been lucky in that the level of rainfall that we have had has been consistent yes but not to the level where it seems threatening to our infrastructure so we are glad about that.”He added that DOMLEC does not intend to “ride the luck forever” as there will come a time when the rainfall will challenge the already compromised infrastructure.– / 12last_img read more