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Power station deal

Dawn Gibson
Thursday, February 27, 2014

THE Fiji Electricity Authority (FEA) last night signed a deal with Pernix Fiji Limited to establish a 35megawatt diesel power station in Kinoya.

Although FEA works towards producing as much green energy in Fiji as possible, they said the introduction of a diesel generator was necessary to cater for growing demands for electricity around the country.

"The mission of FEA is to promote renewable energy, so one might wonder why we assemble today (yesterday) to sign a contract with Pernix for the establishment of a fossil fuel station," said FEA CEO Hasmukh Patel.

"But the fact of life is while you develop renewable power stations, you still need to develop diesel to make sure that you are able to meet the increase in demand in electricity in Fiji. And that's the reason FEA has decided to invest."

Pernix CEO Nidal Zayed said the investment would reap good benefits for the country, adding Pernix applied three times to FEA before being given the green light.

"I'm proud because some of you may know the tremendous amount of work that has gone into getting us where we are today - we submitted three proposals over the last 12 plus months to try to comply with the different specifications that the FEA put out.

"That was a difficult task but I'm super proud of how professional the FEA team conducted their work … it's really on par with the best I've ever seen."