Solomon Helps Rebuild Saipan Power Structure after August Typhoon

September 15, 2015

On August 2 and 3, super typhoon Soudelor ambushed the island of Saipan not once but twice in a 24-hour span. After the initial hit, the storm re-intensified for a second hit later that day. Super typhoon Soudelor sustained winds of 180-220 mph, according the U.S. Military’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center. For comparison, winds of 120 mph are the equivalent of a category 3 hurricane, which can generate a storm surge 9-12 feet above normal. A super typhoon is capable of sustaining winds of at least 150 mph for one minute.

U.S.-led Restoration Efforts

Since last month’s catastrophic storm, Solomon Corporation is working overtime to build hundreds of transformers for an October shipment to Saipan through a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)-lead effort. The 486 rewound polemount transformers will supply the Saipan area in the Northern Mariana Islands. The U.S. Commonwealth area is home to 55,000 residents. FEMA planes will deliver the first batch of polemount transformers on Saturday, Oct. 10. Within 24 hours of installation, residents will have power restored.

In addition to thousands losing power as a result of downed power lines and damaged roofs, flooding also impacted Saipan’s power plant. This damage occurred as the eye of the storm passed over the island of Saipan. The strength of the tropical cyclone, considered the strongest on Earth so far this year, left households throughout the area without power, according to the Weather Channel. The area hasn’t experienced such a level of natural damage for more than 20 years. Following the storm, the active governor declared the area a state of disaster.

A Joint Installation Effort

Throughout the month, Solomon will work with the Commonwealth Utility Corporation, the state-owned power utility to install the transformers, restoring power to customers in Saipan and the off-shore islands. The Saipan transformer order came through a referral from prior work Solomon provided in nearby Guam. This is the largest polemount order in Solomon’s 44-year history.

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