09 Feb 2018
- By Junhan B. Todiño – [email protected] – Variety News Staff
COMMONWEALTH Utilities Corp. Executive Director Gary Camacho said the Guam Power Authority will help install concrete power poles on Saipan.
He said CUC has a memorandum of agreement with GPA regarding manpower support whenever there’s an immediate need, especially following a calamity.
By August this year, Camacho said CUC must install 787 concrete power poles, otherwise the Federal Emergency Management Administration will take back the funding for the project.
At a recent meeting, Camacho updated the CUC board about the ongoing replacement of wooden power poles with concrete ones as part of the hazard-mitigation project after Saipan was hit by Typhoon Soudelor in Aug. 2015, damaging 849 power poles.
In Nov. 2015, he said they installed 222 45-foot power poles, while in Sept. 2015, they installed 51 55-foot power poles.
From April 2017 to June 22, 2018, CUC plans to install 140 45-foot concrete poles, 52 of which will be concrete. As of January, they had completed 37 percent of the power-pole-replacement project, Camacho said.
From March 26, 2018 to April 19, 2018 CUC is supposed to install 103 35-foot concrete poles, and from April 20, 2018 to Aug. 22, 2018, they must install 271 40-foot concrete poles, he added.
“We need to meet the deadline; if not, CUC will shoulder the cost for the pole-replacement project,” Camacho said.
The project includes Rota and Tinian, he added.
Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/102139-guam-to-help-cuc-install-concrete-power-poles