FIJI PLANS BIOMASS POWER PLANT

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Japanese experts to consult on project

By Nanise Loanakadavu SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Sun, June 26, 2011) – Plans are under way to set up a biomass-fired power plant similar to the one at Kawasaki, Kanagawa in Japan.

A team from the Japanese company is expected to visit Fiji shortly for consultations on some specific issues that still need to be clarified from Fiji.

This follows the President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau’s visit to the Kawasaki Biomass Power Plant early this week.

The 33mw Kawasaki Biomass Power station generates power using wood residuals from areas such as logging, forestry and contruction.

The company provided a brief outlook about their investment intentions for Fiji and is currently on the design phase of their proposed investment in Fiji's renewable energy sector.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs revealed that a major advantage of the biomass plant proposed for Fiji is that it does not require a specific plant or wood type to be the raw material for energy generation.

It was noted in the discussion on the potentials for biomass energy processing in Fiji, of the availability of fuel in Fiji in the form of wood material and other vegetation being critical components of biomass power processing.

The ministry says this plant proposed for Fiji, operates on any wood waste that is readily available.

The Fiji Embassy in Tokyo has been consulting the Kawasaki Biomass Power Plant management since March.

This is consistent with the Government's initiatives to reduce fossil fuel import costs through the introduction of clean and renewable energy sources.

Ratu Epeli was accompanied by Ambassador Isikeli Mataitoga, the official secretary Joeli Rokovada and other officials.

On arrival at the plant, Ratu Epeli was received by the president of the Kawasaki Biomass Power Plant, Hiroaki Togawa and Hiroshi Murakami, the general manager.

He was given a conducted tour of the plant followed by detailed briefing from plant officials on its operation.

The visit was organised by the Fiji Mission in Tokyo and officials of the Kawasaki Biomass Power Plant to view clean and renewable energy processing methods utilised at the plant.

Ratu Epeli was impressed with the two concepts adopted by the plant.

First from raw materials many may consider as waste, and secondly from using available resources as opposed to the need to plant special species of plants as fuel for similar power generation.

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