24 Feb 2011

Power plant overhaul completed in Marshalls capital

4:19 pm on 24 February 2011

The power supply in the Marshall Islands capital Majuro is expected to stabilise after a three-million US dollar overhaul of one of the power plant's two big engines has been completed.

Over the past year most of the Marshalls Energy Company's seven power plant engines have been out of commission, either broken or undergoing major maintenance.

Majuro residents have experienced numerous power outages.

But the general manager of the Marshalls Energy Company, David Paul, says the re-commissioning of engine number six gets the power company over a key hurdle to delivering consistent power supply to its customers.

He also expects a reduction in the use of diesel needed, which translates into a savings in the millions of dollars a year.