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TARAWA, Kiribati (Oct. 13, 2000 - Radio Kiribati/PINA Nius Online)---The government of Japan has agreed to fund Kiribati's Public Utilities Board's new power facility under a $200,000 aid grant.

Chief Executive Tokia Greig said the new complex will replace the aging power plant constructed 23 years ago, when the company was established in 1977.

Meanwhile, a Japanese study team is expected to arrive next month to carry out a complete feasibility study of the company's operational needs, during which it will also consider the company's current design plan for the new complex.

As part of the overall upgrading project, the Public Utilities Board plans to propose improvements to its main distribution cables from Betio to Nabeina, North Tarawa, including the cable that connects electricity to houses and offices in Bairiki.

He said the overhaul and replacement of existing cables is needed to prevent power outages often experienced on South Tarawa.

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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