ROLLING BLACKOUTS REINSTATED ON SAIPAN

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By Gemma Q. Casas

SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, Nov. 14) – The Commonwealth Utilities Corp. has reimposed two-hour power outages on Saipan only days after it ended a nearly four-month long period of rotating blackouts.

This time, the situation has been blamed on the two major engines at Saipan’s power plant 1 that malfunctioned on Nov. 8.

"Due to generation malfunctions at power plant 1, the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. announces rotating power outages until repairs are successfully made. As soon as repairs are accomplished, the schedule will be cancelled," CUC stated in its single page notice.

The previous rotating blackouts that ran from July until early this month were blamed on limited fuel and power at the main power plant.

Based on CUC’s load shedding schedule Garapan-Beach Road south to San Jose will experience a power outage from 8:30-10:30 a.m; feeder 3, which includes Middle Road, CHC south to San Jose, will be out from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

The rest of the schedule is as follows: feeder 4 (laterals) governor’s administration building, Retirement Fund building and possibly the Legislature building, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.; feeder 4 or all of Kagman village, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Kiya 2 (second partial) Chalan Kanoa Tun Doi Road back to As Lito Road and areas near the Mobil station in Koblerville to WSR Elementary School in Chalan Kanoa, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Kiya 4 which covers San Jose, Susupe south to Chalan Kanoa Post Office, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and; feeder 7 which includes Lower Base Industrial area, north to Tanapag, Achugao, San Roque, As Matuis and Marpi, 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

CUC has removed big hotels and garment manufacturing firms from its main power load to even the distribution of the remaining power supply among residents and businesses.

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