4 Kiya grids on Saipan still have no power


Linemen from the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. and Guam Power Authority install power poles along the Kiya 1 substation. (Jon Perez)

The four Kiya grids on Saipan still have no power as the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. continues removing downed power poles, installing new ones, and straightening others.

CUC executive director Gary P. Camacho said yesterday that Kiya 1 to 4 were still offline.

Out of the nine feeders on Saipan, only three feeders—1, 4, and 7—are partially online or have power.

Under the Kiya 1 grid, CUC installed last week a total of 29 power poles from the Chalan Kiya substation going up to As Terlaje, and 16 power poles on Airport Road and 36 to Isley Field.

As of Monday, Camacho said crews continued erecting and straightening poles from Airport Road to the Isley area.

Crews also continued to sag double circuit, erect, and straighten wooden and concrete poles in the Northern Marianas College and Dandan areas.

Under Kiya 2 grid, four Koblerville water wells are ready to be energized, but crews continue to clear downed power poles and lines in the Dandan and Obyan areas.

Power crews continue to work on the double circuit at Kiya 2.

Under Kiya 3 grid, downed power poles and fallen transformers have been removed from Payless to J’s Restaurant, and the collection of damaged transformers and removal of conductors from Eucon to Sugar King has been completed.

Under Kiya 4, downed power poles and hardware have been cleared at Mt. Carmel Cathedral and Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium areas. Clearing of downed power poles, transformers and conductors is ongoing from Susupe to Chalan Kanoa Texas Road areas.

On Tinian, Camacho said all feeders remain offline or have no power, while water services remain offline islandwide. 

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at ferdie_delatorre@Saipantribune.com

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