11 Nov 2011

CNMI Ports Authority cuts back on key projects due to budget issues

11:29 am on 11 November 2011

In the Northern Marianas, budget constraints at the national level will hinder efforts of the Commonwealth Ports Authority to implement some key upcoming projects.

The executive director, Edward Deleon Guerrero, yesterday disclosed that the Federal Aviation Administration has notified them of possible hold-ups to projects until 2013.

He told the Saipan Tribune paper that the expansion of the Saipan International Airport's-Rescue Fire Fighting Centre, which is ongoing, will however continue.

He also described as "on target" the ongoing rehabilitation of Saipan International Airport's runway in February.

The project's original completion deadline was October 2011 but this got pushed back after the discovery of last-minute problems.

The project costs about 19 million US dollars, all funded by FAA.