20 Dec 2018
- By Junhan B. Todiño – [email protected] – Variety News Staff
THE Commonwealth Utilities Corp. had energized 61 percent or 8,316 of the 13,555 pre-Typhoon Yutu active customers on Saipan as of Dec. 18, CUC Executive Director Gary Camacho reported to the CUC board on Wednesday.
Depending on available materials and labor, Saipan’s power restoration effort may be completed “tentatively” by mid or end of February, he added.
The lack of materials remains the primary challenge facing the restoration effort, he said, adding that the various disasters in the U.S. mainland have depleted the inventory of power poles and hardware.
“But we are getting materials within the next few weeks. We have materials coming tonight and on Dec. 27. We are trying to get them as quickly as possible,” Camacho said on Wednesday.
The power plant has already connected 72 percent of its load or 27.2 megawatts of 38 MW which is the expected load demand at full restoration.
Camacho said 65 percent of the 1,332 damaged power poles have been installed; 11 percent of the 801 damaged transformers have been installed; 77 percent of the 237,150 linear feet of damaged primary wire has been connected; 13 percent of the 412,950 linear feet of damaged secondary wire has been completed; 36 percent of the 365,300 linear feet of damaged service wire has been completed; and 66 percent of 1,669 damaged framing has been completed.
Camacho said 11 percent or 1,332 of Saipan’s 12,629 power poles were damaged.
The island also has 4,087 transformers, of which 801 or 20 percent were damaged by the typhoon, he added.
On Tinian, CUC’s contractor Primary Source Inc. said the power restoration effort is now 38 to 40 percent complete.
By mid-January most residential customers on Tinian may already have power, Camacho said, adding that power at the airport may be restored in February.
However, it will still depend on the availability of materials, Camacho said.
“We are anticipating resolving the [issue] with materials very soon,” he added,
Since the start of the restoration effort on Tinian, he said 20 percent of the 810 damaged power poles have been installed; 40 percent of the 136 damaged transformers have been installed; 4 percent of the 312,600 linear feet of damaged primary wire has been connected, 38 percent of 55,050 linear feet of damaged secondary wire has been connected; 2 percent of 127,855 linear feet of damaged service wire has been connected; and 20 percent of 512 damaged framing has been completed.
Camacho said 810 or 43 percent of Tinian’s 1,885 power poles were damaged by the typhoon. Of 575 transformers, 136 were damaged.
He said CUC and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have also collected 805 downed transformers on Saipan and 171 on Tinian.
Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/109583-61-of-cuc-customers-on-saipan-energized