GPA sees no issues with generator transport

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GPA general manager John Benavente is confident that damage to the island's roadways can be avoided when the 200-ton generator for the new power plant arrives in a couple of years.

GPA general manager John Benavente is confident that damage to the island’s roadways can be avoided when the 200-ton generator for the new power plant arrives in a couple of years.

After the contract with the Korea Electric Power Corporation was signed yesterday afternoon, Benavente responded to the issues raised by DPW Chief Engineer Masoud Teimoury who expressed concern about the possible damage a 200-ton generator might have on Marine Corps Drive when it is hauled up to Ukudu from the port.

Benavente said there are a lot of engineering solutions to getting heavy equipment up to the construction site and plenty of time to work it out.

“All we can say is we have an excellent firm that is working with KEPCO. They’re Hyundai Engineering, one of the largest in the world. And they know how to get things done and move things around. And certainly there are a lot of engineering solutions to getting equipment up to the power plant. They can break it down to smaller sizes,” Benavente said.

Benavente said he would respond to the concerns raised by DPW Director Vince Arriola and he will have KEPCO respond also.

In the meantime, the next step on the project is getting all the required permits which Benavente said will take about three months before ground is broken on the new power plant.

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