20 Sep 2004

Dispute over management of multi-million dollar solar projects

6:54 am on 20 September 2004

A dispute over the management of solar energy projects could delay the development of power for areas in the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Niue and Nauru.

The disagreement has broken out between the Pacific Power Association, which each of the islands has selected to be the overall project manager, and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.

The Forum Secretariat believes it should handle the supervision of the new multi-million dollar EU-funded solar projects.

The Marshalls Energy Company general manager, William Roberts, says the issue must be resolved before the project can get under way.

The EU is expected to provide about four million US dollars to the Marshall Islands for solar equipment and related projects.