WAPA’s new liquefied propane tanks are being fabricated by Geldof, a Belgium company located in Willebroek near Brussels. Once these tanks are transported and installed they will be used to store the propane which will be used for power generation on St. Thomas and St. Croix. These tanks will store a two weeks supply of propane at each site. Click here to view photos of the tanks.
If all goes as planned, propane storage tanks could begin arriving in the territory in a month or so and Virgin Islanders could pay be paying 30 percent less for electricity by the fourth quarter, Hugo Hodge, executive director of the V.I. Water and Power Authority, said Friday.
“I envision the fourth quarter this year,” Hodge said, adding he can hardly wait for the Public Services Commission meeting to request lower rates.
A groundbreaking ceremony for the Estate Richmond propane terminal was held at WAPA power plant Friday afternoon, following a similar event Thursday at the Randolph Harley Power Plant on St. Thomas.