FIJI PLANS WIND ENERGY PROJECT ON VITI LEVU

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MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia,May 16) - The Fiji
Electricity Authority has entered into a joint venture with an Australian
company to develop a wind farm on the main island of Viti Levu.

The Authority has committed to invest F$30 million in the
project, as Mika Loga reports:

The venture, with Pacific Hydro Ltd., plans to develop a wind
farm to supplement the country's hydro and diesel power supply on Viti Levu.

Fiji Electricity Authority Board Chairman Joe Mar said the
utility would save F$10 million through the project.

He said the Authority lacks the expertise and skills to
undertake such a big project alone.

Mar said the Pacific Hydro will be involved in other government
projects in Fiji, estimated to cost F$150 million over the next five years.

May 16, 2003

Radio Australia: www.abc.net.au/ra

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