Bidding for two power generators for CUC closing by month’s end

The bidding for two power generators for the Commonwealth Utilities Corp.’s Power Plant 1 in Lower Base should be closing this Oct. 29, according to CUC executive director Gary P. Camacho.

Power engines 8 and 4, which are currently not running, will be replaced. Camacho said the two engines were damaged in the past.

Right now, Saipan’s three power plants have a maximum capacity of 57.5 megawatts. Capacity varies—goes up and down—as CUC does maintenance work on some engines.

Camacho said the 57.5 megawatts is enough to meet the demands.

Replacing the two engines would add another 15 to 19 megawatts.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a veteran journalist who has covered all news beats in the CNMI. Born in Lilo-an, Cebu City in the Philippines, De la Torre graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is a recipient of many commendations and awards, including the CNMI Judiciary’s prestigious Justice Award for his over 10 years of reporting on the judiciary’s proceedings and decisions. Contact him at

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