Power in December

THE island of Taveuni will soon enjoy power coverage by December this year, says FEA chief executive officer Hasmukh Patel.

Presenting before the Public Accounts Standing Committee recently, Mr Patel said the scheme was expected to produce 800 kilowatts for the island.

Previously, certain parts of the island relied on government generator for power.

“The Chinese Government has constructed the Somosomo hydro scheme which is expected to produce 800 kilowatts. The Somosomo hydro scheme cannot operate on its own year round and supply electricity to some of the customers so the FEA has been given the responsibility to run the power plant and the electricity operations in Taveuni.

“We’ve decided that we need to establish the fossil fuel diesel power plant should there be not enough water flow. The diesel plant would help with power supply all year round.”

He said except for Taveuni, the grid connection on Vanua Levu, Viti Levu and Ovalau stood at between 87 and 90 per cent.

“There are many areas in Viti Levu and Vanua Levu left to be reticulated. We are connecting about 4000 to 5000 customers every year. The grid connection in these three islands would stand around 87-90 per cent. We have around 10-12 per cent left to be connected,” he said. Mr Patel adds these included the maritime islands.

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