NEW POWER PLANT FOR WOTJE, MARSHALL ISLANDS

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MAJURO, Marshall Islands (August 31, 2002 – Radio New Zealand International)---A new diesel power plant on the remote atoll of Wotje in the Marshall Islands has been commissioned.

It marks the first time electricity has been available there, except for small privately owned household generators and a few individual solar power units.

The new facility is capable of supplying 550 kilowatts of power to the atoll’s 800 people, but most locations on the island are not yet wired for electricity.

The company has installed underground cables to each house, business, school and church on the atoll and is now waiting for the owners and caretakers to receive light fixtures and electrical supplies, which are being shipped from the capital, Majuro.

The new electric plant was funded by Taiwan.

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