FIJI'S Ambassador to Japan and Korea Isikeli Mataitoga has had a first-hand look at what Fiji could be in for if deals with Kenertec Co Ltd falls through.
Kenertec Co Ltd is seeking to start up power plants in Fiji, hosted Mr Mataitoga to a tour of two of their power plants that use renewable energy last week.
Kenertec Co Ltd is also seeking registration as an independent power producer (IPP) in Fiji.
A government statement this week stated the embassy was working with the Fiji Electricity Authority and the Ministry of Works, Public Utilities and Energy in an effort to create a pathway for Kenertec Co Ltd to be registered as an IPP. The two power plants visited by Mr Mataitoga were the Sadang Community Energy System power plant in Seoul and Seodaegu Energy Co Ltd plant.
The Sadang CES power plant in Seoul uses liquefied natural gas (LNG) and was one of the first to be licensed as an IPP in Korea.
The plant supplies 3600 homes and is fully automated. It is required to be environmentally friendly in its operations and treats all its by-products, before release.
Seodaegu Energy Co Ltd is a biomass power plant supplying power to an industrial complex using wood and sawdust.
Like the Sadang power plant, this company supplies directly to the retail consumers under a licence from government.
The company is currently operating similar power plants in the Philippines and Cambodia and is negotiating with Indonesia for similar projects in its provinces. The statement said the company was also looking at Papua New Guinea and Fiji.