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$14m power project

Friday, January 17, 2014

PRIME Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama officially opened the new 33,000-volt transmission power grid from Labasa to Dreketi yesterday.

The $14million project was jointly funded by the government and FEA.

Commodore Bainimarama told the people of Dreketi and Seaqaqa the grid system would provide power from Labasa to Dreketi for eight communities and 243 customers.

"To not be able to reach for a switch and read your book, plug a kettle into the wall or keep your food cold in the refrigerator, they are things that Fijians often take for granted," said Commodore Bainimarama.

"Yet for large numbers of fellow citizens, being able to access the national power grid has been a distant dream.

"All that comes to an end today in this new phase of my government's Look North Policy in which we have made it a priority to develop Vanua Levu for the benefit of its people and the entire country."

Commodore Bainimarama said with the $24m set aside in this year's budget to continue, they were looking forward to extending a power grid along Tavua and Korovou.

"This will allow rural communities and businesses in Ra and Tailevu to enjoy the same benefits that have now come to Seaqaqa, Batiri and Dreketi.

"Fiji has also signed an agreement with the People's Republic of China to construct a 700-kilowatt mini hydro power plant in Taveuni.

"It's a great occasion for you in the Seaqaqa, Batiri and Dreketi corridor and an important milestone in my government's efforts to develop the North."

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