Fanter sues DPL over quarry permit


A company that lost a bid for an exclusive quarry permit on a public land in As Matuis is suing to stop the Department of Public Lands from awarding the permit.

USA Fanter Corp. Ltd., through counsel Robert T. Torres, wants the Superior Court to direct DPL and USA Fanter to negotiate on a quarry permit. If the two could not come to an agreement, only then would Fanter not block the awarding of the quarry permit.

In the complaint filed Friday, it said that DPL issued a request for proposal titled “Quarry Operator on Public Lands-Lot Number 011 C 02—As Matuis, Saipan.” The lot contains 50,000 square meters.

Fanter, which already has a quarry in Kannat Tabla, submitted a proposal in response on Sept. 16, 2016.

Fanter was then informed on Nov. 9, 2016, that its proposal had not been selected.

Instead, DPL initially selected the proposal submitted by Win Win Way Construction Co. and issued a notice of intent to award to Win Win Way on Nov. 9, 2016, Torres said.

Torres said DPL then entered into negotiations with Win Win Way for a contract for the quarry permit.

However, Torres said, the parties were unable to agree on terms and that Win Win Way withdrew from consideration for the permit on May 23, 2017.

The lawyer said unable to negotiate a contract for the permit with Win Win Way, DPL then turned to Blue Oasis LLC, the second highest bidder.

He said DPL and Blue Oasis were also unable to agree to a contract.

Torres said that DPL chose to disregard Fanter’s proposal, with DPL issuing another RFP for the same land on or before Sept. 21, 2017.

Last Oct. 1, Fanter protested the apparent cancellation of the previous RFP, to which DPL, through its counsel, reaffirmed its non-award to the company. Torres said DPL’s response did not cite a reason.

MD: A losing bidder for an exclusive quarry permit on a public land in As Matuis, Saipan, is suing the Department of Public Lands to stop awarding the permit to another company.

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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