28 Jan 2008

Marshall's power company considers options for generator fuel

6:46 am on 28 January 2008

The Marshall Islands utility's company says it's looking at all options to make sure the power in the country doesn't go out.

A fuel tanker from South Korea was scheduled to arrive in Majuro last week, but severe storms in South Korea has delayed its departure and it will now arrive this week.

It takes a tanker about 12 days to make the 3,000-mile journey from South Korea to Majuro.

Our correspondent in the Marshall Islands, Giff Johnson, says one option for the company is to buy fuel from Mobil/Exxon in Guam.

But he says just who will pay for that fuel is an issue.

"I don't think the utility's company in Majuro wants to be responsible for buying what is probably higher priced fuel from Mobil, so that's why they are putting some lobbying pressure on S.K network to solve their problem for them."

Giff Johnson says the government may have to step in to assist.