4 Mar 2013

Opening of Samoa power plant delayed

6:24 am on 4 March 2013

The opening of Samoa's new power station in Fiaga has been delayed.

The facility was supposed to be dedicated at the end of this month however the opening has been pushed back to April the 25th.

A statement from the Prime Minister's office says electricity was off for three weeks after Cyclone Evan and Electric Power Corporation workers were involved in post cyclone relief and recovery works.

This meant the project was idle for several weeks.

Fiaga Power Station can produce 34.9MW from four new diesel generators and three generators from the Tanugamanono power station.

The US$100m project is funded by a soft-term loan from the Asian Development Bank and assistance from the governments of Japan and Australia.