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The Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA) is currently upgrading the power infrastructure along Friars Hill Road (FHR) to reduce storm-related power outages in the region.
The installation of cables along FHR to connect to the existing substation is progressing, and Lyndon Francis, APUA’s Transmission and Distribution Manager, confirmed this.
The project’s goal is to complete the upgrade by the end of March, but a smooth process is crucial.
Due to safety reasons, the substation that services the area will be temporarily de-energized, and approximately 20% of customers will be redirected to alternative substations. The aim is to minimize disruptions during this period.
As the transition unfolds, the public can expect brief switching intervals on specific days, lasting about 15 to 20 minutes.
These interruptions are necessary for the seamless integration of the new infrastructure, and Francis assured that efforts would be made to minimize traffic disruptions.
APUA aims to execute the transition with minimal impact on daily activities. The upcoming de-energization of the Friars Hill substation marks a critical phase in the project.
While traffic disruptions will be avoided, brief power interruptions during the switching process are inevitable.
Francis emphasized the significance of these interruptions and requested the public’s patience during the transition.
APUA acknowledges the patience required during this process as segments of the underground system become operational.
The authority emphasizes the long-term benefits of a more robust and resilient power infrastructure for Friars Hill Road.