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Westgate Will Receive Power Through Tieline Power to be Provided by Tang Hall Connection

By Jenny Zhang

MIT Facilities is switching the building power source for the Westgate highrise apartments to an electrical tieline connected to nearby Tang Hall yesterday evening or today, said Director of Housing Karen A. Nilsson. An electrical fire Sunday morning had left Westgate highrise apartments relying on a generator for power. Additionally, Nilsson said, Housing had provided much more support to residents than reported in The Tech on Feb. 21 [“Westgate Fire Due to Broken Steam Coil”].

Westgate had first been powered by a natural gas generator, and then on a larger generator that provided full functionality until installation of the tieline. Nilsson said the switch would require a shutdown of power late yesterday or today for one to two hours. The tieline will be used for three to four months so that the transformer can be replaced. It will offer “no difference to the user,” as more power will be sent to Tang to provide energy for Westgate as well. Nilsson said the tieline will be able to work for six months to one year.

Westgate president Georgia Bettin G said “everything is back to normal.”

Nilsson said residents were provided with free laundry this week, since clothing may have been contaminated by the smoke. Also, the graduate coordinator who bought food for his fellow residents Sunday, when residents evacuated, was reimbursed by the Housing Office, she said. Westgate house manager Michael J. Collins came in and checked every apartment on Sunday, Nilsson said.