Power restoration on Tinian begins in earnest

Power restoration on Tinian began in earnest last Thursday with Feeder 3, which serves about 70 percent of the Commonwealth Utilities Corp.’s customers on the island, according to CUC executive director Gary P. Camacho.

In his latest update last Thursday, Camacho said that work with Feeder 3 started at the power plant and is moving toward the port. Once the port is energized, work will move into the village to restore power to a large number of residential customers, Camacho said.

CUC aims to complete restoration of Feeder 3 on Dec. 24.

Camacho said power has been restored to approximately 20 percent of Tinian, with Feeder 2 approximately 80 percent restored, bringing power to several critical facilities/customers.

Feeders 1, 3, and 4 remain offline.

Camacho said Feeder 1 is to be abandoned as it doesn’t serve any customers.

With respect to Tinian’s water, Camacho said that water production is steady at 100 percent.

On Saipan, CUC announced that, as of Monday, Saipan has 63 percent power and 82 percent water.

Pertaining to power, CUC disclosed last Wednesday that all nine feeders on Saipan are now partially online. CUC did not indicate the percentage as to power restored on the island last week.

Last Thursday, Camacho said, the water production reached 84 percent of total water production, with 111 out of the 138 water wells operating.

He said 70 water wells are online with CUC power and 41 water wells are online with Federal Emergency Management Agency generators.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a veteran journalist who has covered all news beats in the CNMI. Born in Lilo-an, Cebu City in the Philippines, De la Torre graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is a recipient of many commendations and awards, including the CNMI Judiciary’s prestigious Justice Award for his over 10 years of reporting on the judiciary’s proceedings and decisions. Contact him at ferdie_delatorre@saipantribune.com

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