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1
VIRGIN ISLANDS WATER POWER AUTHORITY Spill
Response Capabilities and Transition to LPG
(Propane)
Presented by Gregory L. Rhymer Chief Operating
Officer July 9, 2014
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US Virgin Islands Water Power Authority (WAPA)
  • WAPA is a Government Owned Utility
  • Primary Source of Water Power Production
    Distribution in the Territory
  • Power Generation Capability (100 fuel oil)
  • St. Thomas/ St. John - 198 MW
  • St. Croix - 118 MW
  • Water Production Capability (R.O.)
  • St. Thomas/St. John 3.3 MGD (current ) w/1.1
    MGD option
  • St. Croix - 3.7 MGD (current ) w/1.1 MGD option
  • Customers
  • Water - 12,390
  • Electric 54,113
  • Territorial Peak Power
  • St. Thomas/St. John - 45 MW min. 75 MW max.
    (seasonal avg.)
  • St. Croix - 30 MW min.- 55 MW max. (seasonal
    avg.)

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Spill Response Capabilities
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Randolph Harley-Krum Bay Facility St. Thomas,
USVI
Randolph Harley-Krum Bay Facility St. Thomas, USVI
  • Randolph Harley-Krum Bay Facility is located on
    the western side of Krum Bay, approximately 2
    miles southwest of Charlotte Amalie.
  • Power is generated by the combustion of No. 6 and
    No. 2 fuel, delivered by barge to the Fuel Pier
    and pumped to storage tanks.
  • Bulk Storage Tanks
  • Tanks 10, 11, 12, and 13 have individual steel
    secondary containment walls.
  • Tanks 14 and 15 share a common steel secondary
    containment wall.
  • Worst Case Discharge from largest tanks 2,268,000
    gallons No. 6 Oil.
  • WCD - Tank Rupture of Tank 12 or 13 with a
    simultaneous failure of the secondary
    containment.

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Estate Richmond Facility St. Croix, USVI
  • Richmond Facility is located on the northern side
    of Christiansted, St. Croix.
  • Power is generated by the combustion of No. 6 and
    No. 2 fuel, delivered by barge to the Fuel Pier
    and pumped to storage tanks.
  • Bulk Storage Tanks
  • Tanks 5, 6, and 7 have individual steel secondary
    containment walls
  • Tanks 3 and 4 share a common secondary
    containment
  • Worst Case Discharge from largest tank 5 which
    holds a maximum of 2,230,353 gallons No. 2 Oil
  • WCD - Tank Rupture of Tank 5 with a simultaneous
    failure of the secondary containment

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VIWAPA Facility Response Action Plan
VIWAPA Facility Response Action Plan
  • WAPA has ability to take immediate actions to
    respond to any discharge
  • Stop Flow
  • Enforce Safety and Security Measures
  • Shut-off Ignition Sources
  • Commence Internal and External Notifications per
    FRP
  • Commence Spill Response Actions
  • Tier 1 Response
  • WAPA
  • Immediately Activate On-Site Response Resources
  • Small Discharges or Average Most Probable
    Discharge (AMPD) will be handled by WAPA
    resources
  • Tier II and Tier III Response
  • National Response Corporation (NRC)

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Randolph Harley-Krum Bay Facility On-Site
Response Resources
Krum Bay Facility, St. Thomas On-Site Response
Resources
  • Tier 1 Response Capabilities Within 12 Hours
  • WAPA On-Site Response Equipment
  • Oil Recovery Weir Disk Skimmer
  • 548 BBLS of Effective Daily Recovery
  • Stored in Warehouse at Fuel Pier
  • 8,000 Ft., 8-inch Boom
  • Purpose would be to set a containment barrier
  • Stored in a trailer at Fuel Pier
  • 4,000 Ft., 8-inch Absorbent Sausage Boom
  • Stored in Warehouse at Fuel Pier

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Richmond Facility On-Site Response Resources
  • Tier 1 Response Capabilities Within 12 Hours
  • WAPA On-Site Response Equipment
  • Oil Recovery
  • Two Weir Disk Skimmers
  • 4800 total BBLS of Effective Daily Recovery
  • Stored in the Fuel Department Building
  • Vacuum Truck
  • 788 gals per load
  • 2,900 Ft., 8-inch boom
  • Purpose would be to set a containment barrier
    around the pier and effluent discharge point.
  • Stored on a motorized reel and, additional
    lengths, in trailers at by the Fuel Department
    Building
  • 3,488 Ft., 8-inch Absorbent Sausage Boom
  • Stored in trailers at by the Fuel Department

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Response Equipment Within 12 Hours St. Thomas /
St. Croix
Response Equipment within 12 hours St. Thomas /
St. Croix WAPA Facilities
  • Tier II Response Capabilities Within 12 Hours
  • National Response Corporation (NRC)

Oil Spill Response Vessel, St. Croix, USVI
Equipment 12 Hours
Boom 52,700 FT
Effective Daily Recovery (EDRC) 77,640 / day BBLS
Portable Storage 60,000 BBLS
Vessels 30
Personnel 150
Marko Skimmer St. Croix, USVI
Portable Barge Sets St. Croix, USVI
Vacuum Transfer Unit St. Croix, USVI
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Response Equipment Within 24 36 Hours of
USVI Tier II III Response Capability
Equipment 24- Hours 36 - Hours
Boom 61,700 FT 107,800 FT
EDRC 158,024 BBLS 296,322 BBLS
Portable Storage 216,019 BBLS 230,528 BBLS
Vessels 34 90
Personnel 463 597
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NRC Support Services to VIWAPA
WAPA Annual Exercise Compliance Programs
  • Annual Spill Management Team Table Top Exercises
  • Annual Incident Management System (ICS) Training
  • Annual HAZWOPER Training
  • First Responder Awareness
  • First Responder Operation Level
  • Accommodating Crews on St. Thomas St. Croix
  • Semi-Annual Equipment Deployment Training
  • Annual Boom Deployment Training
  • Accommodating Crews on St. Thomas St. Croix
  • Additional WAPA Programs
  • RCRA Resource Conservation Recovery Act
  • SPCC Spill Prevention Countermeasure Control

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NRC OSRO Services for USVI
  • NRC Caribbean Response Manager positioned in San
    Juan, PR
  • NRC Response Manager in St. Croix, USVI
  • NRC Response Crew in St. Croix, USVI (5
    Personnel)
  • Independent Contract Network (ICN) in St. Thomas,
    St. Croix, San Juan, PR and US Mainland
  • Access to Additional ICN Equipment through NRC
  • Access to NRC and NRC Contracted Personnel
  • PREP Credit for VIWAPA and NRC Spill Management
    Team Table-Top Equipment Deployment Exercises
  • Routine Industry and Regulatory Updates from NRC
    via NRCS Client Advisory Letters (CAL)

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Transition to LPG
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High Cost of Power
  • Fuel cost is 0.40 per kwh customer cost is
    0.51 for residential and 0.54 for commercial
    customers per kwh
  • This is highest cost for electricity than any
    other U.S. state, territory or possession
  • Two independent power generating facilities that
    are not able to be interconnected primarily due
    to very deep water depths between islands
  • Main industry in the U.S. Virgin Islands is
    tourism
  • Closure of the HOVENSA refinery resulted in loss
    of cheap fuel oil at incentive pricing and
    significant adverse impact on Territorys
    residents and economy

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Propane Project Agreement
  • July 2013, WAPA signed a turnkey master agreement
    with Vitol Virgin Islands Corp. (Vitol) for
    infrastructure construction, conversion of
    existing combustion turbines, supply, and
    delivery of propane at WAPAs power plants on St.
    Thomas and St. Croix.
  • Vitol is the worlds largest independent physical
    trader in the oil and oil products market and a
    provider of procurement, storage, processing and
    transportation services of oil related
    commodities.
  • All upfront costs are paid by Vitol. WAPA repays
    Vitol over 7 year amortization (option to repay
    in 5 years)
  • Target completion 4th quarter of 2014
  • All-in cost will result in approximately 30
    reduction in fuel costs

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Potential Cost Savings from the Switch
Actual Cost of Fuel oil vs. Projected Cost of
Propane
per Million BTU
30 Fuel Cost Reduction
Estimate based on WAPAs actual price for fuel in
February 2014 The propane cost considered above
includes a 5 year amortization of the facilities
capital expenditures (construction of new propane
storage terminals, repair/upgrade of fuel
transfer docks and conversion of WAPAs turbines
in the St. Thomas St. Croix Districts). After
5 years, propane costs will further be reduced.
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Operational Logistics Delivery
  • Propane will be delivered by tanker vessels to a
    floating storage tanker vessel.
  • Floating storage vessel will be anchored several
    miles offshore.
  • Propane will then be transferred from the
    floating storage vessel to feeder ships that will
    deliver fuel to the power plants .
  • Feeder ships will be double hulled compliant
    with international safety standards.
  • New supplies will arrive at the plants
    approximately every three days.
  • Average 15-day reserve inventory at each plant.
  • Propane will be transferred through a pipeline on
    WAPA property into storage tanks that will be
    onsite.

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Operational Logistics Propane Storage
  • Storage tanks will be mounded - encased by
    layers of earth, sand, rock and gravel to
    maximize safety. ( 165 ft. L x 18 ft. dia. x 30
    ft. H.) (Wt. 315 tons)
  • The benefits of mounded tanks include
  • Significant protective barrier from external
    damage and fire
  • Elimination of oxygen, preventing uncontrolled
    ignition
  • Additional barrier for earthquake and hurricane
    protection

Rendition of St. Croix onshore terminal
Tank Size St. Croix (8 tanks) St. Thomas (10 tanks)
Total Storage Capacity 10,400 m3 65, 500 bbls. 14,000 m3 88,000 bbls.
Effective Supply 19.2 days 18.3 days
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Health, Safety, and Security Considerations
  • Facilities carefully designed to ensure
    employees and the publics health, safety, and
    protection
  • Completed Comprehensive Fire Risk Assessment and
    Hazardous Area Classification
  • Emergency Response Plans for each facility and
    all existing applicable environmental permits and
    plans are being updated
  • Fire safety features planned for WAPAs propane
    project will have 100 redundancy
  • Firefighting systems for the facilities will be
    National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
    compliant, including a water blanket that will
    suppress a leak or flame.
  • Facilities will be equipped with gas monitoring
    and leak detection systems
  • VI Port Authority marine pilots have simulated
    navigation of feeder vessels to ensure safety of
    marine operations

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Environmental Benefits
  • 20 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions
    compared to fuel oil
  • Over 80 percent reduction in particulate matter
    (soot), Sulfur Dioxide, and Carbon Monoxide
    emissions
  • Propane helps to integrate renewable sources of
    energy into the grid
  • No foreseen obstacles in securing final air,
    land, or water permits

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Project Update
  • Engineering
  • Engineering substantially completed, integration
    of vendor information ongoing.
  • Process design, civil design, structural design,
    piping mechanical design are completed.
  • Electrical, Instrumentation and Automation design
    under final review.
  • Procurement
  • Procurement of long lead items substantially
    completed.
  • Delivery of first long lead items scheduled for
    July (LPG Bullets, Emergency Generators).
  • IFB of Piping Mechanical Works issued 04 July
    2014
  • Bids for marine works received, negotiations with
    shortlisted bidder ongoing.

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Project Update Contd
  • Construction
  • STX and STT Demolition earthworks and demolition
    scope completed.
  • STT 59,000 cubic yard of rock removed
  • STX piling (900) works 50 completed.
  • STT retaining works 25 completed.
  • STT STX Civil contractor mobilization in
    progress works to commence on site 7 July 2014.
  • GE To mobilize and commence conversion works on
    the turbines in mid- July.
  • Overall project progress is 58 based on the
    revised project budget. With the award of the
    civil contract the project progress will be 75 ,
    once that actual work is completed.
  •  

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Public Relations and Community Outreach
  • Communicating the benefits of switching to
    propane remains crucial to project success. WAPA
    brought on FTI Consulting to help inform the
    public and mitigate project risk.
  • Project website and social media Poweringvi.vi,
    Powering VI Facebook page, YouTube Chanel.
  • Ongoing meetings with community leaders and
    stakeholders.
  • Local press briefings and media interviews.
  • Ongoing Bi-lingual radio and internet public
    announcements.

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Summary
  • This project represents the best near-term option
    to significantly reduce the cost of fuel for
    power generation while ensuring widespread
    benefits for the Territory.

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