CUC engine trips, causing islandwide power outage

Posted on Jun 17 2021


The islandwide power outage yesterday morning happened soon after Engine 6 of the Commonwealth Utilities Corp.’s Power Plant 1 in Lower Base tripped at 10:28am, causing portions of northern and southern Saipan to go offline.

As a protective measure, all of Saipan’s other electricity feeders were manually tripped, resulting in the islandwide outage. This was all learned through the initial news release that CUC issued half an hour after the power outage.

In another release in the afternoon, CUC announced that it was able to fully restore power services to the entire island at 12:45pm.

Feeder 1, which provides power for the northern part of Sadog Tasi and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp., was the first to be brought back online at around 11:45am. This was soon followed by the restoration of power to the other feeders.

As a result of the islandwide outage, CUC reported that water services for As Matuis, San Roque, Tanapag, Achugao, As Mahetog, Sadog Tasi, Chalan Galaide, Upper Navy Hill, Mt. Tapochao, Wireless, Talofofo, Capital Hill, I Denni, As Teo, Papago, Gualo Rai, As Terlaje, Lower Dandan, Fina Sisu and As Perdido, a portion of Koblerville, Kannat Tabla, and Chalan Kiya were affected.

Water services for these areas were offline until 3:30pm yesterday due to low tank levels as a result of the outage. Additionally, water services for As Matuis, Kagman, and Capital Hill Tank Service Areas were scheduled to go offline at 6pm yesterday.

“CUC appreciates your patience and understanding throughout the emergency outage”, said the company in its press release.

Those with additional concerns can call CUC customer service at 664-4282 or visit CUC’s Facebook page at for the latest updates.

Joshua Santos | Reporter
Joshua Santos is a Mount Carmel School AlumKnight and University of Florida Gator Grad with a passion for writing. He is one of Saipan Tribune’s newest reporters. Josh enjoys golf, chess, and playing video games with friends in his spare time. Reach out to him @rarebasedjosh on all socials.

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