IPI requests more time to finish Saipan casino

IPI currently operates a gaming venue in Saipan.
IPI currently operates a gaming venue in Saipan.

Imperial Pacific International revealed new delays for its Saipan casino.

Northern Mariana Islands.- The Imperial Pacific International casino resort in Garapan, Saipan, faced new delays during its construction and now looks to be open by December 2020 if local authorities respond positively to the company’s request to extend the deadline presented earlier this week.

As reported by the local media, Imperial Pacific International asked last Monday for another extension on the deadline, which was previously established by the Northern Mariana Islands’ government under an agreement with the operator. The Chinese company requests a two-year extension on the official deadline, until December 2020.

According to Imperial Pacific International, the company would not be able to finish the gaming venue by the current deadline (set for December 2018) “because of unforeseen immigration delays prompting a worker shortage.” The company had previously asked for another extension to December this year, but now they need two more complete years.

Imperial Pacific International had to add night shifts for workers in order to keep moving forward with the construction due to labour shortages and a major typhoon that led to several delays. Saipan’s upcoming casino has experienced important delays in the last few months, and while it is only a few weeks away from its deadline, Imperial Pacific officials said that the project is currently 69 per cent complete.

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