Combined EU/ADB/NZ mission inspect new hydropower plants for Samoa

The combined EU, ADB and New Zealand delegation getting a vantage viewpoint of the projects with the Minister of Works Manualesagalala Posala

By Lagi Keresoma

APIA: THURSDAY 24 APRIL 2014: Four new hydro-power plants funded by the European Union (EU) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) will assist Samoa with “supplying reliable and sufficient energy services to residents through the use of renewable energy. “

EU Commissioner for Development Mr. Andris Piebalgs signed a “contribution agreement” yesterday evening with the ADB Regional Director of the South Pacific Sub-Region Office Mr. Robert Jauncey.

“The agreement is for the establishment of a new hydropower plant at Fuluasou and additional four new hydro-power plants on Upolu and Savai’i,” said Commissioner Piebalgs.

The agreement will also look at repairing three hydro-power plants damaged by cyclone Evan in December 2012.

EU’s contribution to the project is £4.6 million pounds.

“This is out of the total budget of over £22 million pounds secured through expected co-financing from the ADB and the Government of Samoa,” said Commissioner Piebalgs.

The Commissioner said the conclusion of the agreement represents a “concrete deliverable under the Joint Declaration on Reinforced Dialogue on Sustainable Energy Investments in the Pacific Region”

The objectives of the project is to repair and reconnect to the grid three small hydropower plants in Upolu which were damaged by Cyclone Evan

“These plants have a combined installed capacity of 4.69 megawatts.”

“It is also to build and connect to the existing grid four new hydropower plants in Upolu and Savai’i with a combined installed capacity of 1.61 megawatts.”

The other focus of the project is to develop capacity for the operation and maintenance of the mini hydropower plant.

The EU and ADB delegations are traveling together with New Zealand’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Tupaimatuna Alofiotaoa Murray McCully and his delegation.

New Zealand and EU are partners in the Energy Access Partnership in the Pacific hence his presence in the tour.

In March 2013 at the Pacific Energy Summit co-hosted by NZ and EU in Auckland, Commissioner Piebalgs pledged £25 million pounds to new energy sustainability projects in the region.

EU and ADB signed a joint declaration on Reinforced Dialogue on Sustainable Energy Investments in the pacific.

The declaration was their commitment in fostering their co-operation in the implementation of actions in the energy sector in the region”

The delegation was taken on tour of Samoa’s hydropower plants and several solar projects by the Minister of Works Transport and Infrastructure (MWTI) Manu’alesagalala Enokati Posala.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi acknowledged the support and assistance from EU and ADB.

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