18 May 2010

Solomons explores Guadalcanal hydro project

1:26 pm on 18 May 2010

A feasibility study has been launched in Central Guadalcanal in Solomon Islands on the establishment of a hydropower station.

The study is part of the Tina River Hydropower Development Programme which aims to provide cheaper and cleaner electricity for Honiara.

A ceremony was held at Tina Village last week, marking the signing of a consent agreement between the government and landowners, allowing the study to be carried out.

The World Bank says the study is a critical first step and will give vital information on the technical and economic feasibility of the initiative.

The Prime Minister of Solomon Islands, Derek Sikua, says the government recognises the need for cheaper, more reliable and renewable energy and has been working on promoting the development of a hydropower project on Tina River.

The project is being carried out by the Solomon Islands government with the support of the World Bank, IFC, AusAID, RAMSI, NZAID and the European Investment Bank.