Pattern rides out storm
No 'material damage' to company’s wind farms in Texas and Puerto Rico
Pattern Energy Group has reported “no material damage” to its wind farms in Texas or Puerto Rico as a result of hurricanes Harvey, Irma or Maria.
However, it expects production in the third quarter of 2017 to below the long-term average, because of the weather conditions.
The company said it evacuated its 283MW Gulf wind farm in Texas prior to Hurricane Harvey and its 101MW Santa Isable project in Puerto Rico ahead of Irma and Maria.
“This allowed the employees to be with their families and make safe arrangements before the events,” Pattern said.
The company’s Houston office was closed for over a week, but its operations centre continued to provide “uninterrupted” monitoring of its assets.
“Project operations staff and third-party technicians safely returned to work shortly after the hurricanes at both the Gulf Wind and Santa Isabel projects,” it added.
Pattern said it is working with the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority to help restore power on the island.
Pattern Energy chief executive Mike Garland said: “We are taking specific steps to support our staff, their families and communities, highlighted by our employee disaster relief program and our contribution to the Habitat for Humanity program in Texas.
“We are also preparing to extend these relief efforts in Puerto Rico as the difficult recovery there progresses.”
Image: Gulf wind farm (Pattern)