83.9 F
Charlotte Amalie
Wednesday, June 19, 2024
HomeNewsLocal governmentinspection and Maintenance of Wartsila Generators Completed at Harley Plant

inspection and Maintenance of Wartsila Generators Completed at Harley Plant

Inspection and maintenance being done on Wartsila generators at the Randolph Harley Power Plant (Submitted photo)

A 12,000-hour inspection and maintenance of the Wartsila generators at the Randolph Harley Power Plant was recently completed. Each of the three reciprocating internal combustion engines was taken offline, one at a time, to perform the scheduled maintenance and ensure continued reliable and efficient operations.

Under the guidance of Wartsila Engineering, WAPA production maintenance personnel worked around the clock to inspect and maintain various components on each of the power generating engines.

The work was carried out in 12-hour shifts for approximately 10 days on the first engine, following which a “lessons learned” meeting determined methods by which work on the two remaining generators could be carried out more efficiently and over a shorter period. The work on the second and third generators was subsequently reduced to four days.

In each instance, the engine’s turbochargers, which provide for the efficient operation of the units, were replaced.  Cooling and lubrication systems were also inspected and the vocsidizers (equipment that ensures clean air emissions) were opened, serviced and repaired.

The Wartsila engines provide 21 megawatts of power to the St. Thomas-St. John District utilizing 100 percent LPG as its fuel source. These more efficient engines provide approximately the same power generating capability as the older gas turbines, while using half the volume of fuel. Since coming online in April of 2019, the three engines, which comprise the Wartsila power plant at Harley, have generated more than 222,000 megawatt hours of electricity.

Several WAPA employees worked tirelessly to ensure the success of the critical equipment outages required for the unit’s scheduled maintenance and inspection.

Through the leadership of Maintenance Manager Gabriel Dore, Maintenance Mechanical / Welding Supervisors Dana Joseph and Darryl Allen and Acting Electrical Maintenance Supervisor Trevor Liburd, all work was completed safely and on a timely basis.

The following employees contributed immensely to the success of the Wartsila overhaul and we salute them all!


Dana Joseph, Mechanic Supervisor – The main lead on the three overhauls; also supervised the day shift.

Eigel Lenhardt, Mechanic 1st Class

Keven Morton, Mechanic 1st Class

Sylvester Stout, Mechanic 1st Class – The primary mechanical leader for the overhauls.


Trevor Liburd, Acting Electrical Supervisor

Francis Crawford, Electrician 1st Class – Instrumental leader on the electrical side.

Noel Hughes, Electrician 1st Class

Raul Rivera, Jr. Electrician 2nd Class

Piping and Welding

Darryl Allen, Piping and Welding Supervisor – Supervised the night shift and the repairs to vocidizers (VOCs) 2 and 3.

Marlon Wilton, Welder 1st Class – Instrumental leader on the mechanical side.

Louis Danet, III, Machinist 1st Class

Patrick Bridgemohan, Pipefitter 1st Class

Robert Collins, Welder 1st Class – Instrumental in addressing issues with VOCs 2 and 3

Carlos Echevarria, Welder 1st Class


Nilltan John-Pierre, Instrument Technician 1st Class

Building and Grounds

Adonis Grosvenor, Maintenance Repairman 2nd Class – Instrumental in the cleaning of parts for repair and inspection and the facility during the overhaul.

Charles Daniel, Laborer

Anthony Peets, Laborer

Wellington James, Maintenance Repairman 2nd Class

Other Departments (Automation / Garage) Whose Employees Made Significant Contributions to the Project’s Success

Alfredo Josiah, Jr., Electronic Technician I

Vicente Donastorg, Instrument Engineer I

Glenis Weekes, Auto Mechanic 1st Class – A great help to the team during the three overhauls

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Keeping our community informed is our top priority.
If you have a news tip to share, please call or text us at 340-228-8784.

Support local + independent journalism in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Unlike many news organizations, we haven't put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as accessible as we can. Our independent journalism costs time, money and hard work to keep you informed, but we do it because we believe that it matters. We know that informed communities are empowered ones. If you appreciate our reporting and want to help make our future more secure, please consider donating.