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Interior awards funding for Yap linemen training

COLONIA Yap (Yap State Government) — The Yap State Public Service Corporation or YSPSC received a letter from the United States Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs regarding the awarding of funds for the Pacific Linemen Training Program for fiscal year 2015-2016.

In her letter to YSPSC General Manager Faustino Yangmog, Assistant Interior Secretary for Insular Affairs Esther P. Kia’aina awarded the training program $220,000 from the OIA’s Maintenance Assistance Program.

As detailed in the grant proposal submitted on February 6, 2015, the continuation application requested federal matching funds for the Pacific Linemen Training Program. With a local matching of $220,245, the total budget will be $440,245, enabling the power linemen on five U.S.insular areas to receive advanced professional and certification training for another year.

Participating insular areas and organizations in the training program include American Samoa (American Samoa Power Authority), the CNMI (Commonwealth Utilities Corporation), Guam (Guam Power Authority), and the FSM (Chuuk Public Utilities Corporation and Yap State Public Service Corporation). The program will be administered by YSPSC.

In the program, four types of linemen training classes will be offered:

1) Basic Linemen Training (CNMI and American Samoa): Essential technical training for U.S. professional power linemen certification.

2) Hot Line Training (Guam): Advanced training on how to safely and effectively perform operations, maintenance, and repair of energized power distribution systems.

3) Technical Line Loss Training (Yap): Advanced training in the mitigation and prevention of power line losses.

4) Power Line Construction Training (Chuuk): Advanced training in power distribution system construction to enable CPUC (Chuuk Public Utilities Corporation) to rebuild the distribution system on Weno, Chuuk State.

The Pacific Linemen Training Program for FY 2015-2016 will run for 30 weeks, starting from August 2015 and ending in May 2016 for at least 82 linemen.