More areas energized in Feeder 1; Power Plant 1 undergoing maintenance

ADDITIONAL Feeder 1 areas had been energized on Tuesday, Commonwealth Utilities Corp. Executive Director Gary Camacho said.

These include areas in Paganville, Sugar King Estates, Bank of Saipan to Chinatown but only for the primary line. It also includes JG Sablan Ice & Water Company so it can continue producing drinking water and ice.

On Monday, CUC was able to energize areas in Feeder 1 on primary roads including Anaks, upper and lower Navy Hill and lower MIHA with the exception of some laterals where power poles had been knocked down by typhoon Yutu.

Camacho said  Power Plant 1 is currently undergoing maintenance of switchgears and grounding, adding that the plant lost power on Tuesday night due to a surge from loads of big establishments.

He urged owners of establishments along Feeder 1 partials to notify CUC immediately when switching to prevent power overload that can affect life sustaining operations at the hospital and Navy Hill.

Of the 9 feeders on Saipan only Feeder 1 is online.

But the power poles and conductors in the primary lines of Feeder 7 from Sadog Tasi, Lower Base to Marpi, and the first partial at Feeder 4 are ready to go online as soon as Power Plant 1 is ready to be energized, Camacho said.

Feeder 2, 3, 4, 7, Kiya 1, 2, 3, and 4 are still offline pending repairs to Power Plant 1 and ongoing assessment.

Camacho said their power transmission and distribution inspectors continue pull electric meters from damaged locations and buildings.  They had removed 751 meters as of Wednesday.

“We thank you all for your patience as we continue recovery and restoration efforts,” Camacho said.

CUC’s operation command center works from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., deploying line crew and engineers throughout the island, he added.

The call center operations also continue to receive trouble calls and is operating from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Its hours of operation will change from 6 a.m. to 12 a.m. when the volume of calls increase in the next day or two, Camacho added.

Regarding water operation, Camacho reported that all tank service areas remain offline due to loss of power to pumps, damaged tank level gauges, pipe damage while assessment still ongoing.

While emergency generators are expected to arrive soon, crew members continue to perform repairs to CUC infrastructure, he said.

On Tinian, based on the power transmission and distribution reports on the partial power assessment, 754 power poles were down and nine transformers were completely damaged.

All feeders remain offline as well as islandwide water services. But the Marpo Valley water station is still in operation for the public to get water from 1:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Camacho said a 270KW generator for the Maui II pump station arrived on Tinian and was scheduled to be energized on Wednesday to provide water service to the community.

He said material assistance and humanitarian efforts through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Red Cross are now in place.

On Rota, Camacho said all systems were back to normal as of the evening of Oct. 27, Saturday.

For more information, call CUC Call Center at 664-4282.

Source: Marianas Variety :

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