Honiara : 12 February 2016
The Tina River Hydro is on track for the signing of a power purchase agreement in 2016.
The Solomon Islands Minister responsible for Energy and Rural Electrification, David Day Pacha, confirmed this in a brief update on the project, which is located in central Guadalcanal.
“Tina River Hydro is the single most important project for renewable energy in my portfolio and I am pleased to confirm that timely progress is being made on the key work streams towards project implementation,” Mr Pacha said.
“Technical work streams are proceeding to schedule, with the final detailed design nearing completion, for submission to the Government in early March,” he added.
“There have been several engineering teams from the developer consortium in-country since December finalising detailed construction plans and methods.”
The minister added that environmental and social impact studies completed in 2014 are being updated and reviewed, and that a study has been conducted to make sure that assets such as gardens and crops are properly identified with their owners, for the purposes of replacement.
In a separate statement, the Prime Minister, Hon Manasseh Sogavare, commended the careful preparations being conducted for the Tina Project, and especially the cross-ministry teamwork being displayed between Ministry of Lands Housing and Survey and Ministry of Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification.
"I must state that careful preparations are crucial to ensure the success of any project and on this note I wish to commend all stakeholders participating in the implementation of this significant project, especially the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Survey and the Ministry of Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification for their foresight,” Hon Sogavare said.
"As the head of the government, I am so pleased to note that this project is on track to signing a development agreement this year and furthermore I look forward to the accomplishment of this entire project in the not too distant future,” the prime minister added.
Tina Hydro is projected to produce more than 80GWh or 80 million cash power units in an average year of rainfall.
Honiara’s demand in 2014 was approximately 75 million units.
Source: Solomon Islands Government Press Release.