12 Aug 2011

FEMA funds American Samoa power plant rebuild

3:17 pm on 12 August 2011

The Satala power plant, in American Samoa, that was destroyed by the 2009 tsunami, is a step closer to being rebuilt.

The American Federal Emergency Management Agency will provide more than 50-million-US-dollars to the American Samoa Power Authority to rebuild the plant.

American Samoa's US congressman, Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, says an initial 6.6-million-US-dollars will cover replacements and modifications of the plant.

Once preliminary plans are submitted and an Environmental and Historic Preservation review is completed the remaining funds will be awarded.

The American Samoa Power Authority initially estimated that it would cost about 50-million-US-dollars to replace the building and equipment.