EEMC gets $1.1M for 7 CUC projects done in 2017


Gilbane Federal, which was appointed by the federal court to oversee some Commonwealth Utilities Corp. projects, completed seven CUC activities and works in 2017,and is seeking to be paid $1.1 million for its services.

In fiscal year 2018, among the projects that Gilbane Federal will oversee for CUC includes five projects with a total funding of $5 million inh grants plus $56,000 in court registry funds. These are Stipulated Order No. 2 projects relating to oil spill prevention, preparedness and response.

Daryl Greenway, project leader principal for Gilbane Federal, discussed the completed and future projects for CUC in the report for 2017 he filed in the U.S. District Court for the NMI last Friday.

Greenway said that seven CUC orders issued by the federal court were active during 2017, including the ongoing activity of Gilbane Federal as the court-appointed Engineering and Environmental Management Company.

Of the seven works, only the Tank 103 and secondary containment repairs and Power Plants 1 and 2 facility waste management are ongoing. EEMC initiated the two ongoing projects last May.

The fiscal year 2017 grant funding in total amount of $5 million was distributed to EEMC task orders by court order—$204,000 for EEMC construction management; $4,019,000 for Tank 103 repairs; and $777,000 for waste management for Power Plants 1 and 2.

As of January 2018 for 2017 work, Greenway said EEMC received total payments of $1,137,178. The payments came from grants and from the court registry.

For FY 2018, EEMC’s recommendation for future capital improvements include Power Plants 1 and 2 and Rota facility drainage improvements; Power Plants 1 and 2 and Rota facility waste management improvements; smart pigging of CUC pipeline; construction management for SO2; and environmental assessment of power plants.

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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