3 Nov 2003

Power system upgraded in Solomons capital

4:22 pm on 3 November 2003

Power cuts that have plagued the Solomon Islands capital for the past several months appear to be finally over.

The cuts had become an inconvenient fact of life for the residents of Honiara, but have been ended by repairs paid for by emergency funding from Australia.

The general manager of the Solomon Islands Electricity Authority, Mike Nation, says during this time three out of eleven generators were working.

He said that meant power had to routinely to rotating parts of the city:

"It has been a battle for the last three months and thanks to funding under Ausaid and also the New Zealand government who will be funding a comprehensive repairs and maintenance programme. We'll have quite a few diesels back into service by the end of this year which will then effectively put an end to those shedding for a long time to come or hopefully ever."

Mike Nation says most provincial capitals have mains power but there are few supplies beyond.