USDA Rural Development provides new generators to PUC

DSCF4439 2By Bill Jaynes

The Kaselehlie Press

March 9, 2018

Pohnpei—US Ambassador Robert Riley and USDA Area Director Gary Bloom were at the Pohnpei Utilities Corporation’s Nanpohnman power plant to see the two new 545 kilowatt diesel generator sets using a USDA Rural Development High Energy Cost Grant.  The $603,500 was awarded last year.  PUC’s matching portion for the grant was $12,000.

Installation is currently in progress by ABCOR which won the bid for the job.  The units are scheduled to go online full time by April 14.

The Caterpillar generators were purchased from Hawthorne, based in San Diego and with offices and shops in Honolulu and Guam.  Parts for the generators can be ordered through the Guam office.  PUC has a planned maintenance program for the generators based on engine hours.

PUC told USDA that the units will increase the capacity of the power plant and will primarily be used for what they call “peak shaving”.  They said that fuel savings can be realized when PUC can use the smaller units when daily energy demand does not require the bigger units to run.  In addition to providing increased electrical power generation capacity, the units will allow for backup power generation capability when another generator needs to be taken off line for servicing.

The units arrived on island last week and were transported to Nanpohnmal by Adams Brothers and ABCORP Engineering.