Rota generator issue nearly done

The Commonwealth Utilities Corp. was set to deliver through a plane yesterday from Saipan to Rota a cable that was supposed to resolve the only remaining technical problem to set up the 1.8-megawatt generator on Rota, according to acting CUC executive director William Gilmore.

Gilmore said the cable would be the last item that has to be installed and that will finish the project.

The entire worth of the project to purchase the generator is $690,000. It was bought to address a power emergency on Rota.

Gilmore said the installation of the generator on Rota was delayed due to an issue in delivering the unit from the U.S. mainland to Rota.

There were also slab and then “grounding” issues, but those were already resolved, he said.

With respect to the “cable issue,” Gilmore said they had a problem with getting a flight to bring the item to Rota. “The cable…that should be resolved today,” he added.

Gilmore said other power engines are functioning on Rota.

He said the new power engine that CUC had purchased prior to the one that was bought for the emergency had already arrived on Rota and is functioning well.

CUC executive director Gary P. Camacho designated deputy executive director Gilmore as acting executive director effective last Friday as Camacho is on leave and is currently in the U.S. mainland.

Gilmore said they are still trying to move everything forward and keep the power engines running and provide 24-hour water supply.

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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