WORKS have started on the hydro project in Taveuni.
Acting Commissioner North, Alipate Bolalevu said initial stages of work had started with the widening of the road to the hydro.
"It has started off well and they had to first widen the road. It is another development that will help growth of businesses on the island," he said.
"It is another government project that is in line with the Look North Policy and we are taking development to the people.
"The project will surely benefit the people of Taveuni and provide an opportunity for business growth."
The project has also been labeled as one that would boost business on the island.
Last month, paramount chief Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu said the people of Taveuni would now have a sustainable and reliable source of power and energy.
He said the project would benefit villagers and communities who relied on diesel or other forms of energy for electricity.
"We are looking forward to the works that will commence on the island soon," he said.
"We acknowledge the work that will be carried out as it's critical to the development of the people."
Ratu Naiqama said the project would also boost commercial and investment activities on the island.
The project cost is shared between the government and the Chinese Government with primary funding of $50million by China.