Feasibility study for hydro power

Fiji Electricity Authority CEO Hasmukh Patel. Picture: FT FILE

Energy Fiji Limited CEO Hasmukh Patel. Picture: FT FILE

A FEASIBILITY study is being carried out by the European Investment Bank to look into the possible establishment of two hydro power plants in Ba and upper Wailoa in Naitasiri.

Energy Fiji Ltd chief executive officer Hasmukh Patel said this was one of a few renewable energy projects that the energy company was involved in.
“We are carrying out feasibility studies on two locations where we are reinforcing the potential for hydro power plants,” he said.

“The European Investment Bank, through a grant, is carrying out the feasibility study and these two areas are basically the Qaliwana Upper Wailoa Diversion Project and the other one is basically lower Ba.

“These are two potential sites and once the study is complete, we think it’s a good potential to invite the private sector to be part of the project.

“We will reach that decision once we complete the study.”

Mr Patel said many corporations had been involved in supplying renewable energy to EFL.

“We have Tropik Woods supplying around 5MW and around 12 to 15 million units a year. That is also a biomass power plant.

“And we have the Fiji Sugar Corporation which also supplies electricity to the grid during crushing season from their mills in Lautoka and Labasa.

“There are a number of rooftops installations that cater for their own requirements and they also feed into the grid.

“We are looking forward to more biomass development. There are various investors who are talking to us regarding the establishment of biomass power plants.

“We anticipate establishing four by 5 megawatts of solar in the next two to three years.”

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