ISLANDERS of Rabi will no longer foot high costs to purchase fuel from Savusavu following the opening of their first bio-diesel project this week.
The islanders used to spend about $200 to travel to the mainland to buy fuel for their generators.
The island council's interim administrator, Christopher Karia, said the newly-opened project was a blessing because it would provide employment opportunities and cheaper fuel to the islanders.
"This project will supply fuel to our generators at a cheaper cost and also provide feed to our poultry and piggeries," Mr Karia said.
"This project will be a catalyst for economic activities on the island and also spur development projects.
"I must thank the government for the establishment of our jetty, the provision of solar lights to light up some homes, the maintenance of roads and other incentives proposed for the island."
The project was commissioned by Minister for Works Colonel Timoci Natuva.