Conflict of interest may end CNMI generator deal

8:31 am on 13 April 2017

The Northern Marianas utility company appears to be backing out of a multi million dollar deal to buy a diesel generator deal through a local company.

This comes after a joint oversight hearing by committees from the Senate and House unearthed possible conflicts of interest.

According to the members of both committees, the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation's plan for an emergency purchase of a single 8-to-10-megawatt diesel engine to service the growing demand for energy in the territory appears to be "unethical and unlawful."

The committees are not opposed to the idea of a new engine, but disturbed by the apparently close family and professional links between the utility and the company that would supply the generator, General Pacific Services Marianas Inc.