Power lines energized to airport, Kobler


The Commonwealth Utilities Corp. reenergized yesterday the main lines to Kiya 1 and 2 yesterday, which run to the Saipan airport and Koblerville, according to acting CUC executive director John Riegel.

This does not mean houses in the areas were powered—just the main lines, according to Riegel.

He said this will allow in the days ahead for CUC to energize Isley Field, Obyan Well, Isley booster station, and Koblerville wells, which remain powered by generators at limited service hours.

Right now, parts of Feeders 1, 3, and 4 have power. These mains come off the main power plant in Lower Base.

Kiya 1 and Kiya 2 come off the Chalan Kiya Substation.

Riegel said CUC completed testing of transformers at the substation and energized the mains around 5pm yesterday.

“It’s very good news,” Riegel told Saipan Tribune.

Meantime, CUC received 45 wooden poles from Guam today, according to Riegel. CUC installed 20 of them in Kagman.

Correcting his earlier report to Saipan Tribune that 110 concrete poles have arrived on Saipan, Riegel said the poles left the Port of Guam yesterday and should arrive on Saipan today.

CUC projects the end of September to restore power to the island’s main lines.

When Typhoon Soudelor hit over a month ago, the typhoon crippled CUC’s power distribution and generation grid.

Dennis B. Chan | Reporter
Dennis Chan covers education, environment, utilities, and air and seaport issues in the CNMI. He graduated with a degree in English Literature from the University of Guam. Contact him at dennis_chan@saipantribune.com.

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