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$68m fuel project

Repeka Nasiko
Monday, March 31, 2014

ENERGY sustainability is one of the key ingredients to ensuring the $68million Vuda Renewable Power Development Project is a success.

Spearheaded by AJYNK Ltd, the biofuel project is expected to be completed in June and will be managed by Pacific Renewable Energy Limited.

AJYNK Ltd managing director Gale Campbell said the energy that would be used to produce the power would come from wood fuel.

"We will plant our own trees on 12,000 acres of land but, in the meantime, we will be taking the native vaivai to use for fuel and that is a perfect medium for us to burn to get the energy we need," she said.

"We are getting the vaivai from a 50 kilometre radius from Vuda Point.

"We are also working very closely with the Forestry Department to identify the best resource of trees we can use. One such tree is the keiser tree.

"The beauty of the keiser tree is that when you chop it off, it grows back."

Ms Campbell said sustainability was important in the biofuel project.

"So we have that sustainable industry so that we are not taking something again without giving something back.

"Planting our own trees also improves our carbon footprint.

"We will need about 190,000 tonnes of fuel wood, so we just have to grow.

"We have started our nursery. It's really a trial nursery and we are trying to identify the best ways to grow these trees in the fastest possible time and we are trying everything from using fertiliser to not using any fertiliser."

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