FIJI WIND FARM PROMISES ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

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SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, June 28) - The dream of providing electricity through an alternative source of energy in Fiji will soon be realized with the construction of a wind farm in Sigatoka.

Several contractors are building the wind farm, located about 10 kilometers from Sigatoka Town, for the Fiji Electricity Authority.

Somewhat of a test project, the Sigatoka wind farm is expected to provide electricity for several areas in the small township by the end of the year.

Sarvada Nand, the project supervisor for Engineer Procure Construct (Fiji) said the project was the first of its kind in Fiji.

Nand said EPC, which is in charge of the construction of the FJ$1.4 million Nacocolevu Switching Station, expects to complete its phase of the project by the end of the year.

Nand the wind farm would produce electricity at a low cost, as it would use wind to power its turbines.

"EPC is in charge on constructing this 33 kilovolts switching station that will be converting all the power generated by the turbines into electricity," Nand said. "There will be turbines stretched across four kilometers of highlands gathering power from the wind. That power will then be transferred to the switching station, which will then convert it into electricity before delivering to areas around Sigatoka."

June 29, 2006

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