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One company had 61,000 employees, the other had two. Both got multi-million dollar contracts to rebuild Puerto Rico

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Officials rebuilding the power grid of Puerto Rico are more than tripling the size of their contract with Texas firm Fluor, from $240 million to $840 million.

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The expanded contract came days after local authorities decided to cancel a controversial contract with small Montana firm Whitefish.

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The no-bid deal raised suspicion of favoritism and is now reportedly being probed by the FBI.

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Founded a century ago, Fluor employs 61,000 people. Founded two years ago, Whitefish employs two. Fluor operates in 100 countries while Whitefish operates only in the US.

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Nevertheless, when picking contractors, authorities gave $300 million to Whitefish, the small Montana firm, and $240 million to Fluor, the largest construction company in the Fortune 500.

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Meanwhile, only 33% of power has been restored almost six weeks after Hurricane Maria, leaving most of the island’s 3.4 million residents in the dark.

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Firms like Fluor are working to repair the power grid, which consists of 300 stations, 2,400 miles of high-voltage power lines that cover long distances, and 30,000 miles of local power lines.

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