23 Aug 2012

Vanuatu groups all want electricity supply despite spat over geothermal development

8:04 pm on 23 August 2012

In Vanuatu all four parties disputing ownership of a plot of land at Takara Hot Pools in North Efate marked for a geothermal power development have agreed they all want electricity in their community.

The Vanuatu Lands Tribunal Office organised the meeting with the community and Kuth Energy Australia, the company planning to develop the site, after a group of young men stopped it undertaking work in the area.

Kuth Energy managing director, David McDonald, assured the community his company would not drill on the land until a court ruling names the rightful landowners.

But he says the company is ready to drill and he warns any further delay could make investors lose interest in the project.

The Daily Post newspaper says representatives of the land owning groups have agreed to allow scientists to complete their preliminary preparations while they await the court ruling.

They assured the company they all want electricity.