CUC applies for $57M grant


Commonwealth Utilities Corp. executive director Gary P. Camacho disclosed that their grants team submitted last month project applications worth $57 million for utility infrastructure, replacement, repair and/or feasibility studies.

In his report during a CUC board of directors’ meeting via video conference last Friday, Camacho said the projects include approximately $32 million in water/wastewater assets; $22 million in power generation and transmission, and $3 million in project development.

The biggest among the projects is the $12.17 million underground power distribution system for the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. Under this project, CUC plans to install underground wires from the CUC Power Plant 1 in Lower Base to the Commonwealth Health Center in Garapan, which CHCC operates.

Another big project is the $9-million reverse osmosis and nano-filtration water system treatment.

Camacho said they expect more requests for information from the grantor as they progress in the review and approval process on project requirements and other architect and engineering services in site development, constructability, and studies to projects in this type of complexity and magnitude.

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

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