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SUVA, Fiji Islands (January 31, 2001 - Oceania Flash/SPC)---Electricity production and distribution processes in the Pacific Islands are expected to be improved significantly following the conclusion of a planned survey by the regional Pacific Power Association (PPA), which includes most power professionals in the region.

The study, with the goal of determining the causes of current energy losses and waste in the electricity production and distribution processes, is projected to continue until August, the French Embassy in Suva said in a release.

It will be carried out by a specialist, final year student from the French national electrical engineers school in Grenoble (southeast France).

The agreement was signed last week between PPA and French Ambassador Jean-Pierre Vidon.

The study goal is to improve the production and distribution quality, as well as reduce energy loss.

This matter was also highlighted recently in a United Nations report, which labeled energy efficiency matters a "key development issue."

According to recent studies, the energy loss incurred worldwide by production and distribution is around 15 percent. But it is sometimes twice as much in the Pacific region.

Most of PPA members are public or private Pacific islands power producers, including professionals in American Samoa, Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Northern Mariana Islands, Fiji, Guam, the Marshall Islands, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Tokelau, Kiribati, Vanuatu, the Cook Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, New Caledonia, French Polynesia and Wallis and Futuna.

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