Tina signals a new future for sustainable development in Solomon Islands: PM
The progress of Tina Hydro Project signals a new future for sustainable development in Solomon Islands.
The Prime Minister made this statement following the signing of a Process Agreement by customary land owning tribes whose land will be used for the Tina Hydro Project.
“The government takes great encouragement from the unprecedented progress of Tina Hydro. We see its success pointing to the beginning of a new era in sustainable development in the country” stated PM Lilo.
He went on to pledge the government’s full support towards the project. “My government is placing its full support towards the international tender process and the finalisation of regulatory and commercial arrangements. Our early priority for Tina is putting in place power purchase arrangements”.
“Now that it has transitioned into the implementation phase, we look forward to the selection of a developer and the beginning of a construction by mid-2015”.
The Tina Hydro Project is located twelve kilometres from Honiara on the Tina River of Central Guadalcanal. It will produce between 15 to 20 MW peak power and is scheduled for completion in early 2017.
PM Gordon Darcy Lilo, third from the left, Sir Paul Tovua and Permanent Secretary Barnabas Anga flanked by three women, in front, and members of the core tribes present in the signing ceremony at the back.