IPI hit by power shutoff after nonpayment of energy bill

Imperial Pacific International was briefly hit by a power shutoff this week after falling delinquent on paying its energy bill.

The Commonwealth Utilities Corporation (CUC) cut electric power to the company’s offices at Vestcor and perhaps its casino at Garapan as well.

Asked by the local media how much IPI owed, CUC Executive Director Gary Camacho noted that “their account is their business; they have the right to privacy.”

IPI has shut down its casino since March 17 as part of Saipan’s efforts to control the spread of Covid-19.

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