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Techmanski’s signature was on the original document — along with that of Ricardo Ramos, the recently-appointed head of PREPA, the embattled utility company that is $9 billion in debt and went bankrupt in July after a long history of maintenance problems and corruption allegations.
On Saturday, officials with PREPA did not comment and said Ramos was not immediately available. But on Thursday, Ramos said at a news conference that if he had to approve the contract again, he would – and that there had not been anything illegal or out of order.
Ramos attributed the criticism of the deal to “mainly gossip from the U.S” and suggested it could be coming from other contractors who didn’t get the job.
Techmanski said Whitefish has been paid about $8-10 million so far.
When asked whether he thought the contract had been rushed, Techmanski said: “How can you take time with a contract that has to do with millions of people being out of power? It’s not something that could take days or weeks to contemplate. The priority and should still remain the priority is getting power back to the people of Puerto Rico. So do I think it was rushed? No.”