EMERGENCY FUEL BUY PREVENTS MARSHALLS BLACKOUT

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Power company struggled for months to raise funds

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, July 7., 2011) – The Marshall Islands has averted a possible shut down of its power plants, with the government organising an unusual purchase of about 700,000 gallons of diesel.

This prevented the company from running out of fuel for power plants in Majuro and Ebeye, the two urban centers that have about 70 percent of the total Marshall Islands.

The Marshalls Energy Company’s Steve Wakefield says the government utility company bought a load of fuel from a high seas tanker.

The company has been scrambling to come up with the money to pay for the April shipment of diesel from its usual supplier so that a new delivery of more than two million gallons can be scheduled.

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