Fiji Time: 5:57 PM on Tuesday 30 September

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Islanders to benefit from $15m 'milestone'

Luke Rawalai
Sunday, July 13, 2014

THE $15 million hydro project in Somosomo Taveuni is expected to improve the lives of residents along the Wairiki-Welagi corridor on the island.

Officiating at the project's groundbreaking ceremony Prime Minister Rear Admiral (Ret) Voreqe Bainimarama said the project would generate 700 kilowatts of power for homes and business houses in the Wairiki and Welagi areas.

Rear Admiral (Ret) Bainimarama said Somosomo would literally be the electric powerhouse for a large part of Taveuni.

He assured people on the island that projects as such would grow to benefit the communities on the island.

"In the 2007 census, 85 per cent of Fijians had some form of access to electricity, seven years on my government has extended that to 95 per cent and we will try to make such projects accessible to all Fijians," he said.

"We are also in the process of establishing power sources that are affordable and sustainable and so we are in the process of replacing existing diesel generators in many places that rely on fossil fuel.

"Today is a milestone for many reasons as the project will improve the many lives on the island with an environment friendly power system."

Rear Admiral (Ret) Bainimarama added yesterday's event was also a milestone because it re-strengthened Fiji's relationship with the people of China.

"China has always been a fan for Fiji, but in recent years it has proved to be a great friend standing by our side in challenging times supporting our right to choose our own path."

Meanwhile, also speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony, Chinese Ambassador Huang Yong said he was glad the Chinese Government had been given the opportunity to fund the hydro project.

"The project will bring prosperity to the local people and as the island is a tourist destination it will further boost tourism on the island."





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Australia applauds Fiji
  2. FLP mourns death of party member
  3. Memorial for former teacher
  4. Aussies restore ties
  5. Advice against unhealthy diets
  6. Relief for Westerners as rain falls
  7. Forgiveness and reconciliation to benefit vanua
  8. Longer dry spell looms
  9. Ministry gets updates
  10. Police treat death of girl, 13, as murder

Top Stories this Week

  1. Ro Teimumu is Leader of the Opposition Wednesday (24 Sep)
  2. Mata apologises Wednesday (24 Sep)
  3. Luveni vacates her seat, Tuitubou is now an elected MP Wednesday (24 Sep)
  4. PM designates Cabinet portfolios Thursday (25 Sep)
  5. Our new Speaker Thursday (25 Sep)
  6. Moment of silence Thursday (25 Sep)
  7. Salary budget soon Thursday (25 Sep)
  8. PM's first official trip Wednesday (24 Sep)
  9. PM: Work with me Monday (29 Sep)
  10. Police intervene Friday (26 Sep)