Client
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Location
Puerto Rico

USACE Puerto Rico Power Restoration

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is leading planning, coordination and integration efforts to execute electrical power grid repair in Puerto Rico due to impacts caused by Hurricane Maria.

USACE has partnered with the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), the U.S. Department of Energy and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in order to establish unity of effort in the repair.

Fluor was awarded a contract by the USACE Huntsville (Alabama) Engineering Center to assist in the restoration of a portion of the power grid. The first task order for $240 million was issued on October 16, 2017, with an additional $261 million added to the original task order on December 4, 2017.

On December 6, 2017, Fluor announced the award of a second task order under its USACE contract. The three-month single award task order is funded at $495 million, with a ceiling of $831 million. The contract includes evaluation, restoration, repair and replacement of structures and equipment supporting the electrical infrastructure on the island.

As of March 2018, Fluor has restored power to more than 250,000 customers across Puerto Rico.

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Crewman in lift working on power line in Puerto Rico
Client's Challenge

In September 2017, Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm, passed north of Puerto Rico and left more than 1 million people without power. Just 14 days later, Hurricane Maria made direct landfall on Puerto Rico as a powerful Category 4 hurricane.

The hurricane's catastrophic high winds devastated the island's power grid and transmission lines, leaving nearly all residents without power. Puerto Rico has 2,400 miles of transmission lines and 30,000 miles of distribution lines with 300 sub-stations across the island. It is estimated that 80 percent of the grid was affected.


Transmission crews repair lines
Fluor's Solution

Fluor will leverage our government contingency operations and power experience, along with our 50-year presence in Puerto Rico, by beginning to connect transmission and distribution lines to power plants in highly populated municipalities within the Commonwealth.

The contract includes equipment evaluation and repair, as well as work towards the re-energization and recommissioning of substations and switching stations.

Within 48 hours of receiving the signed contract, Fluor assessment and logistics personnel were operational in San Juan, working closely with more than a dozen local subcontractor firms. More than 1,000 pieces of critical equipment and supporting material have been mobilized and transported to the island.

As of March 2018, the Fluor team has installed 493 miles of conductor wire and straightened or replaced 7,791 power poles. Power has been restored to more than 250,000 customers, including homes, businesses, industrial facilities, schools and hospitals.

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Fluor subcontractor repairs downed power lines in Puerto Rico
Conclusion

​Fluor is working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to restore power to Puerto Rico. The original six-month single award task order was valued at approximately $240 million, with an additional $261 million added. In December 2017, Fluor was awarded a second, three-month task order with a ceiling of $831 million.​