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Fijian Prime Minister Commissions the Nadarivatu Hydroelectric Scheme

Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s Speech at the Opening of Nadarivatu Hydro-Electric Scheme

Ni sa Bula vinaka and good morning to you all.

It gives me great pleasure to be with you today at this official commissioning of the Nadarivatu Hydro-Electric Scheme.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the commissioning of Nadarivatu marks yet another milestone in the new wave of progress, modernization and development that has taken place under my Government to  empower Fijians.

This is Fiji’s only second major hydro scheme. The first and last one, Monasavu was commissioned in 1983 some 30 years ago.

This hydro-electric project has been constructed at a cost of around US150 Million dollars. Funding for this project was sourced from China Development Bank, ANZ Fiji, Bank of the South Pacific Fiji and FEA’s internal funds.

It has taken some 3 and half years to complete this project. At today’s prices this dam will save Fijians about 42 Million Fijian Dollars per year in the importation of diesel fuel.

As part of the agenda to empower Fijians, we must connect Fijians.  Whether it is through telecommunications, whether it is through water, whether it is through better and new roads and whether it is through electricity – it must be done and it is being done.

Only through such connections will we  be able to fully unleash  the potential not just of Fiji as a country, but of all individual Fijians.

In our program to connect all Fijians we must do so without discrimination. When Monasavu was commissioned, many of the communities in the surrounding areas were ironically and tragically left unconnected.  The power that was generated by that first dam went right past them. Many have been connected only in the last few years under my Government.

This anomaly Ladies and Genetlemen, will not be the case in Nadarivatu. All the surrounding areas have already been connected. Denying Fijians the electricity generated in their own backyards will no longer be the case.

One of the primary objectives of my Government is to lift the standard of living for all Fijians. This dam will generate 100 million units of electricity a year that will power our progress—extending power lines to homes in the villages, in the farming areas, in the cities, and to businesses everywhere.

Progress and modernity should not, however, mean damaging our environment.

The new energy created by this dam is clean energy.  My Government together with FEA is committed to developing clean, renewable and affordable sources. Nadarivatu is the latest achievement in our objective to meet our goal of providing 90% of all our energy requirements through renewable energy sources by the year 2015.

This will not only reduce the deficit in our balance of payments position but ensure that we protect our environment by reducing green house emissions and contribute to the global effort of mitigating risks of climate change and environmental degradation.

The Board, Management and Staff of the FEA must be commended for their efforts to continue to ‘energise the nation’.

We gratefully acknowledge the critical role of the China Development Bank, ANZ Fiji and Bank of the South Pacific Fiji to secure funding for this project.

We also recognise the work of the Chinese Contractor Sinohydro Corporation and the Consulting Engineers MWH of New Zealand.

Furthermore, I thank the people of Vanua Cawanisa and Vanua Nubu for consenting to the use of their land.

Ladies and Gentlemen, if all of us continue to work together we will make Fiji and Fijians more prosperous and productive. Nadarivatu today symbolizes our collective efforts to move Fiji forward for the benefit of all Fijians.

I now have great pleasure in declaring open the Nadarivatu Hydro-Electric Scheme.

Thank you and Vinaka Vakalevu.