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Employment for 300

Repeka Nasiko
Sunday, March 30, 2014

THE Vuda Renewable Power Project is projected to employ about 300 people over the next three years, says AJYNK Limited managing director Gale Campbell.

Ms Campbell said while the company would employ villagers from Vuda, it was also working with the authorities to look for more people to employ.

"We have our first responsibility to the mataqali (landowning unit) to provide employment to them," she said.

"And we will be sourcing the rest of our employees from the 12,000 unemployed in the West and we are working with the National Employment Centre to identify people that can come and work with us."

She said the company had conducted a feasibility study.

"We had the Asian Development Bank do a viability study for us and they let us know that the average yearly income for the area that we are working is $680 per annum and the family income per household will increase to $8000.

"So this is a great benefit to everybody where a lot of people will get employment and with the money that we are bringing to spend on other local businesses and to the people employed."

AJYNK Limited is the main project sponsor for the Vuda Renewable Power Development which involves construction and operation of an 18-megawatt biofuel-based power generation plant.

The VRPD plant will produce and sell approximately 130GWh of electricity per anum contributing around 15 per cent of Fiji's total power supply.

According to the company, all energy produced will be sold under a long term Power Purchase Agreement signed with the Fiji Electricity Authority.

The project is estimated to cost around $68million.

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