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Project team to arrive next week

Serafina Silaitoga
Monday, February 24, 2014

WORK on the new hydro project on Taveuni will begin early next month after a Chinese team arrives next week.

Acting commissioner northern Alipate Bolalevu said preparation work had been completed.

"We are just waiting for the team to arrive from China as they will do the construction work and complete the hydro project," he said.

"They are expected to arrive next week and work will start straight after that."

Mr Bolalevu visited the site with his team last week as part of his inspection of government projects.

"Minor works of preparing the site have been completed and work was done well.

"We do know that this hydro will bring a lot of benefits to the people and boost development in the area.

"It will also attract investors and for an island like Taveuni, surrounded with beauty, investors will come through."

The project is co-shared between the government and the Chinese Government with primary funding of $50million by China.

Last year, Cakaudrove paramount chief Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu welcomed news of a new hydro project.

He said the people of Taveuni would have a sustainable and reliable source of power and energy.

Ratu Naiqama said the project would benefit villagers and communities that rely on diesel or other forms of energy.

He said the project would also boost commercial and investment activities on the island.

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