THE Commonwealth Utilities Corp. board of directors has approved the allotment of $2.8 million to replace a 1.5-megawatt power engine at its power plant on Saipan.

The amount will come from CUC’s restricted funds.

CUC’s acting executive director, Betty Terlaje, told Variety on Monday that there has been no purchase yet, but CUC can already begin negotiations with qualified vendors.

As for the extension of the Aggreko contract for $1.6 million, she said the board is still looking into it.

The CUC management wants Aggreko to continue providing temporary power while the public utility's engines are overhauled and repaired.

In other news

In a separate statement to Variety, CUC deputy executive director William Gilmore said District Court for the NMI Designated Judge David O. Carter will arrive on Saipan in the latter part of July.

Judge Carter presides over the CUC projects under Stipulated Orders 1 and 2.

In November 2008, after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency cited CUC for violating the Clean Water Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act, the District Court for the NMI issued Stipulated Orders 1 and 2.

SO1 focuses on drinking water issues while SO2 pertains to oil issues, such as those that require CUC to repair and replace oil storage and operation infrastructure, manage tank and pipeline facilities, and spill and emergency response equipment and protocols.

The stipulated orders also direct CUC and the federal government to provide status reports to the court.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic since March 2020, Judge Carter has not been able to conduct an on-site visit at CUC nor preside over a hearing at the federal court on island.

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Bryan Manabat studied criminal justice at Northern Marianas College. He covers the community, tourism, business, police and court beats.

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