For­tis work­ing to re­store power in Turks and Caicos

For­tis Inc. is work­ing to re­store power in the Turks and Caicos islands af­ter hur­ri­cane Irma de­stroyed 1,200 util­ity poles last week. The com­pany ex­pects to have 120 staff work­ing through­out the islands.

Stockwatch Daily - - FRONT PAGE - Mr. Barry Perry re­ports

FOR­TIS INC. has pro­vided an up­date on the sta­tus of its re­sponse ef­forts in the Turks and Caicos islands fol­low­ing the af­ter­math of hur­ri­cane Irma, which hit the islands last week. For­tisTCI pro­vides elec­tri­cal ser­vice to most of the coun­try.

The cor­po­ra­tion’s emer­gency re­sponse team was among the first to land in Prov­i­den­ciales on Sun­day, Sept. 10, 2017, de­part­ing Canada within 48 hours of the all-clear be­ing given by the govern­ment of Turks and Caicos. Since ar­riv­ing, teams have been as­signed to sev­eral re­gions of Turks and Caicos, in­clud­ing North and South Caicos, Grand Turk, and Prov­i­den­ciales, to as­sist For­tisTCI with restora­tion of power. Ini­tial ef­forts were fo­cused on en­er­giz­ing crit­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture such as wa­ter treat­ment plants, hos­pi­tals, air­ports and emer­gency re­sponse or­ga­ni­za­tions, as well as en­sur­ing the safety of road­ways and thor­ough­fares.

Assess­ments con­ducted dur­ing the past week in­di­cate that well over 1,200 poles are de­stroyed. As a re­sult, sig­nif­i­cant ef­fort will be re­quired to re­store power. For­tis will main­tain a team of ap­prox­i­mately 60 ad­di­tional em­ploy­ees on the ground un­til power is re­stored to all cus­tomers that can re­ceive it.

Ar­range­ments are be­ing made to de­liver ad­di­tional line trucks, poles, wire and other equip­ment to the coun­try. The ex­tra util­ity ve­hi­cles are be­ing shipped by barge and should be­gin to ar­rive in the next few days. As well, ap­prox­i­mately an­other 60 power line con­tract staff will be on the ground soon and will com­ple­ment the For­tis team to more quickly com­plete restora­tion through­out the islands. This will bring to­tal ad­di­tional staff to ap­prox­i­mately 120.

“We re­main com­mit­ted to restor­ing power to the re­gion in a safe and ex­pe­di­tious fashion. Our thoughts con­tinue to be with our em­ploy­ees, their fam­i­lies, Gov­er­nor Free­man, Premier Cartwright-Robin­son, and the peo­ple of Turks and Caicos,” said Barry Perry, pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of For­tis. “The islands are very re­silient and will bounce back from this ter­ri­ble

storm,” he con­cluded.

For­tisTCI is work­ing along­side emer­gency re­sponse of­fi­cials and the govern­ment of Turks and Caicos to en­sure ef­forts are co-or­di­nated.

About For­tis Inc.

For­tis is a leader in the North Amer­i­can reg­u­lated elec­tric and gas util­ity in­dus­try with to­tal as­sets of ap­prox­i­mately $48-bil­lion as of June 30, 2017. The cor­po­ra­tion’s 8,000 em­ploy­ees serve util­ity cus­tomers in five Cana­dian prov­inces, nine U.S. states and three Caribbean coun­tries.

Tracey Colleen Ball, Pierre J Blouin, Peter E Case, Maura J Clark, Mar­garita K Dil­ley, Ida Jac­que­line Goodreau, Dou­glas Joseph Haughey, Ralph Harry Henry Percy McWat­ters, Ron­ald David Munk­ley, David G Nor­ris, Barry V Perry, Jo Mark Zurel

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