Environment Impact Statement 2019 (EIS) available for Public Comment

Environment Impact Statement 2019 (EIS) available for Public Comment

On 31 May 2019, the Director of the Environment and Conservation Division approved Tina Hydropower Ltd’s (THL’s) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for public comment under sections 22 and 24 of the Environment Act. The EIS supports THL’s development consent application for the construction of the access road and main Project works including the dam, reservoir, power station and tunnel. The EIS is now open for public comment until 29 June 2019 in accordance with the formal approval process provided under the Environment Act. A copy of the EIS document is available and can be viewed or downloaded from our website by following this …

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Third Release in the Tina Hydro Video Series: Powerless – The Challenge Facing Businesses in Solomon Islands

Powerless - The Challenge Facing Businesses in Solomon Islands

A series of short clips have been prepared about Tina River Hydro and its importance to Solomon Islands. The third story in the series has been released: ‘Powerless: The Challenge Facing Businesses in Solomon Islands’. It shares the story of Toata Molea, a Honiara businessman who is struggling under the high cost of electricity provided by Solomon Power.

Tina Hydro Office Briefs Environment and NGO Officials

Tina Hydro Office Briefs Environment and NGO Officials

The Tina Hydro Project Office on Thursday this week highlighted critical issues about the Environment and Social Impact Assessment Report to officials of the Environment division and representatives of the non government organisations in the country. Issues highlighted included the critical habitats and natural habitats; endangered and endemic species; water and downstream effects; reduced flow region; aquatic migratory species; workers and movements; and lands and compensations. A media statement from the Project Office said the presentation also highlighted the implementation of mitigation measures which will include contractual arrangements, reporting and implementation oversight. On the question of how tambu and cultural …

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Roha Tribe Cooperative Society Business Initiative invests in three trucks

Roha Tribe Cooperative Society Business Initiative invests in three trucks

Members of the Roha Tribe Cooperative Society in Central Guadalcanal last Saturday took delivery of three 3-ton vehicles for their business. During the launching at Kaimomosa village, Chairman of the Roha Cooperative Society Mr Daniel Una, congratulated his members but warned them to take care of the business for the benefit of all Roha members. “These three vehicles don’t belong to me, my executive or a few only. They belong to all of us Roha members. Today, I hand them over to you to look after them for our collective benefit,” he said. A very emotional Una, who broke down …

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Government Hands Over $6.9 Million to Roha Tribe for Tina Hydro

Roha Tribe members of Central Guadalcanal have received $6.9 million from the government yesterday in a brief handover ceremony in Honiara. In handing over the cheque, Commissioner of Lands Nelson Naopu thanked the executive of the tribe and their members for their support and hard work in getting this far. “I thank you very much for your support in moving the progress of the project this far. On behalf of the government I would like to congratulate you all for continuing to support the work of the government in moving this important project forward. Despite all the hassles, you have …

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Sogavare assured support for Tina River Hydro Project

Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare has been impressed with the progress made by the Tina Hydro Development Project team when the group met and briefed him on the developments. The group included Project Manager Mark France, Strategic Adviser Paul Roughan and Fred Conning, Technical Adviser. During the briefing, the Prime Minister was told that the Tina Hydro Development has the potential to generate 100 percent of Honiara’s power demand during the wet season or 50 percent during dry season. He was told the US$120 million hydro project will be operational by 2018, if all goes according to plan with the …

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Tina River Core Land Owners Give Consent

The four core landowning tribes of the proposed Tina River Hydro Project have all signed the Process Agreement Wednesday last week to consent to government acquire their land for the Tina Hydro development. Their consent marked the end of several months of negotiations between the core land tribes and the government through the Tina River Hydro Development Project Office. Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo thanked the tribes for their cooperation and understanding in supporting the government in this milestone development. “We see the success in building the hydro pointing to the beginning of a new era in sustainable development in …

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Communities Reinforce Support For Tina Hydro

Communities in Central Guadalcanal have reiterated their support for the Tina Hydro Project. This was highlighted by chiefs and leaders in eleven communities visited by community awareness workers of the Tina Hydro Project from 2 – 9 December. Chiefs and villagers welcomed the prospect of employment opportunities, community businesses, improved infrastructure such as roads, water, schools and clinics as developments stemming from the Tina Hydro Project. The Tina River Hydro Project is a major national energy project designed to meet 80% of Honiara’s electricity demands. Construction work on the project is expected to start in late 2015 and power is …

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