Peilapalap, Pohnpei: August 3, 2023 – The leadership team of Pohnpei Utilities Corporation (PUC) led by the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Erick Paul, General Manager, Nixon Anson, and Chief of Corporate Services, Trevayne Esiel, met with Governor Oliver to present an overview of the latest developments in PUC’s completed and ongoing projects. The meeting served as a platform to discuss progress, achievements, and future strategies aimed at enhancing utility services across Pohnpei.



The leadership team reported the following completed projects:

  1. Iron Removal Plant – $1,8000,000.00 funding source – US compact unallocated infrastructure funds
  2. Palikir Capital Water Rehabilitation – $621,094.24 funding source – FSM Congress
  3. Cash-water meters phase 1 – $500,000.00 funding source – US Office of Insular Affairs through unallocated FSM public infrastructure sector grants
  4. Cash-water meters phase 2 – $500,000.00 funding source – Same as above
  5. Waste-to-heat energy – $2,292, 600.00 funding source – USDA Rural Development and PUC contribution
  6. Nanpohnmal Power-line extension – $50,000.00 funding source – FSM Congress
  7. Takaiu, U power extension Phase 1- $25,000.00 funding source – FSM congress
  8. Salapwuk, Kitti Power extension – $43,000.00 funding source – FSM congress



The leadership team also updated Governor Oliver on the On-going projects:

  1. 7.5 mega-watt power plant: $11, 379, 728.68 funding source – World Bank (SEDAP)
  2. 2,000 KWh Solar power system with 2,000 KWh battery storage: $14, 668, 023.00 funding source – City Pro/KSEL (IPP/PPA)
  3. Maintenance Assistance program – $164,500.00 funding source – US Department of Interior, Office of Insular Affairs
  4. Lehnmesi Hydro and Drinking Water Readiness – $2,500,000.00 funding source – Asian Development Bank (PRF)
  5. Tomwara & Sekere power extension – $100,000.00 funding source – FSM Congress
  6. Mwudokalap, Madolenihmw power extension – $10,000.00 funding source – FSM Congress
  7. PUC Water Tank Rehabilitation – $5,500,000.00 funding source – US Compact unallocated infrastructure grants
  8. PUC Reform Phase 1 – $730,000.00 funding source – Asian Development Bank
  9. PUC Reform Phase 2 – $600,000.00 funding source – Asian Development Bank (REDP)



Governor Oliver commended PUC’s dedication to enhancing the quality of life for Pohnpei’s residents through these crucial infrastructure improvements. He shared and recognized their commitment to serving the public, while improving their services. He emphasized the importance of cooperation, coordination and prioritization between government bodies, public utilities and donor partners to ensure Pohnpei’s development and growth.



Pohnpei Utilities Corporation (PUC) is Pohnpei’s provider of water, wastewater, and electric utility services. PUC is dedicated to provide efficient, reliable, accessible and cost-effective utility services to improve and sustain the quality of life in Pohnpei. More information on PUC services including the current tariff schedule can be found at: PUC (



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