By JAMES A. ROBICHAUX
Representatives of two insurance carriers inspected the electric transformer that caught fire June 26, leaving the city without electricity for a day.
“The two companies each hired a forensic engineer to find a solution,” city utilities director Bill Cefalu said this morning of the Wednesday inspection.
“Those two engineers supposedly agreed to share information,” he said.
Cefalu said that “they think they’ve come up with a probable cause,” but that the city will await the official report.
Lloyd’s of London is the city’s property insurer, and Travelers insured the boiler and machinery. How much of the costs for claims that each carrier will pay will depend on the yet-determined cause of the fire.
Inspectors came July 26 but were unable to determine the cause of the fire.
P&D Engineers is seeking bids for a replacement for the destroyed 100 MW transformer for the Joseph Cefalu Steam Plant on Avoca Road. Since the fire, the city has been using a 50 MW transformer that had sat unused in storage for three decades.