NEW SAIPAN POWER OUTAGE HITS HOTELS

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By Gemma Q. Casas

SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, May 11) - There was a power outage on Saipan for the third straight day, this time affecting the island’s tourism district.

Power in Garapan went out yesterday afternoon after a large tree transplanted at the Carolinian Utt Center fell on electrical lines and split a power pole, according to CUC spokeswoman Pamela Mathis.

No one was reported hurt in the incident.

Mathis said a crew was immediately dispatched to the area to fix the problem and restore the power supply.

Today, Mathis said a power outage is scheduled in Tanapag area between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

She said the power supply will be cut off in the area to enable the CUC crew to replace termite-infested primary power poles.

Last Monday, a power outage affected a large portion of the island due to lack of fuel after a CUC employee allegedly refused to accept fuel delivery from Mobil Oil Mariana Islands Inc.

Between Monday midnight and the early hours of Tuesday, power also went out island wide.

CUC said this was due to a human error.

Mathis said a power plant employee accidentally switched off an auxiliary unit supplying electricity instead of the generator that was scheduled for regular maintenance.

CUC refused to name the responsible employee.

Some businesses and residents have complained that the successive power outages did not only inconvenience them but also resulted in lost income and damaged appliances.

May 12, 2005

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