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Replacement transformer arrives in Santa Isabel after sea & overland journey



On Saturday afternoon, the transformer was moved inside the substation and placed on its base to begin the testing process, assembly of the parts that were removed to facilitate transport and proceed with the connection. (LUMA Energy/Facebook)

By The Star Staff


LUMA Energy Vice President of Operations Ángel Silverio announced Saturday that at 1:25 a.m. that morning, the replacement transformer that will be installed at the Santa Isabel substation had arrived in the southern coastal town.


The transformer arrived after the unit was transferred from the Buen Pastor substation in Caguas on a route that covered over 45 miles by land and more than 120 nautical miles.


“From day one, collaboration with state agencies and our private sector partners has been key to completing this movement successfully,” Silverio said in a written statement. “The attention to detail, the focus on safety and compliance with all the required protocols are reflected in the result that is the delivery to Santa Isabel of this transformer.”


The 38,000-115,000-volt transformer began its journey on Wednesday at 9 p.m., when it departed from Buen Pastor for the San Juan dock, where it was received by a barge on Thursday morning, an hour and a half ahead of schedule. That same afternoon at 5:30 p.m. the barge with the transformer on board set sail for Ponce, arrived at the Ponce dock on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. The trip from the Ponce port to the Santa Isabel substation took about five hours.


On Saturday afternoon, the transformer was moved inside the substation and placed on its base to begin the testing process, assembly of the parts that were removed to facilitate transport and proceed with the connection. According to LUMA, the private operator of the island’s electricity transmission and distribution system, the process of fully energizing the transformer will take about four weeks.

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greylina09
25 ביוני

In the end, Puerto Rico's whole electrical system will be modernized. It benefits everyone greatly. boxing random

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Peter Fonseca
Peter Fonseca
24 ביוני

The entire electrical grid in Puerto Rico is in desperate need of modernization and upgrading. Much more needs to be done.

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