EBEYE AVOIDS POWER UTILITY SHUTDOWN

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MAJURO, Marshall Islands (Yokwe Online, Sept. 23) – The threatened shutdown of a power plant on the Marshall Islands atoll of Ebeye has been averted but officials say the situation remains unstable.

The Republic of the Marshall Islands' (RMI) government has partially paid the utililty's line of credit with Mobil, making fuel available this week. The problem now is with the generators which need parts.

RMI Chief Secretary told Senator deBrum on September 21 that supplies have been ordered, and that a technician is coming from Australia.

On September 17, Kwajalein Atoll Joint Utility Resources management informed the Marshalls government that it had no resources to buy fuel and was planning a shutdown on September 18.

Meanwhile, electricity to over 12,000 Marshallese of the Ebeye/Gugeegue communities has been cut back as several generators are down.

September 26, 2005

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