FILE PHOTO: Workers repairs electrical installations after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria in San Juan

Puerto Rico lost half of its recovered electricity capacity after a line fixed by Whitefish abruptly failed

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Power generation in Puerto Rico dropped from 42% coverage to 18% on Thursday on after a power transmission line failed.

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FILE PHOTO: Workers repairs electrical installations after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria in San Juan
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The power line, connecting the municipalities of Arecibo and Manatí in the north of the island, was damaged by Hurricane Maria, and had been initially repaired by the small US firm Whitefish.

FILE PHOTO: Workers repairs electrical installations after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria in San Juan
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The controversial $300 million contract between Whitefish and Puerto Rico was cancelled in October due to suspicions of favoritism and the company’s lack of experience.

FILE PHOTO: Workers repairs electrical installations after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria in San Juan
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The defective power line has since been repaired and electricity generation reached 40% on Friday (Nov. 10). But the quality of the repairs made by Whitefish is under newfound scrutiny.

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