Isle to get hydro power

National, Normal

The National, Friday 25th November 2011

MOVES are under way to build a hydro power station on Musau Island in Murat local level government, New Ireland.
Feasibility studies of the project at Tarewa River will be carried out by the Hydrotech Pacific Ltd, a nationally-owned company based in Lae.
Tata Investment and Consultation Services Ltd managing director Tamalu Mansini met with Hydrotech Pacific Ltd manager Robert Aisi yesterday at the company’s Milfordhaven office in Lae, Morobe, for talks before the signing next week of a memorandum of agreement.
Mansini said Murat had received donor funding of K22 million to build a 10MW supplier without a water reservoir or dam using lever system to produce electricity while seeing that the environment was not disturbed. 
Aisi said the project would be divided into three major phases with its distinct units because Tamalu wanted electricity to be supplied to outlying islands.
Engineers will study the water current to verify how much electricity it can produce to supply the communities.
“The project will take up to three years.
“But then it could also be completed within a year.
“If it’s possible, a water supply plant or water treatment facilities will be built,” Aisi said.
Hydrotech Pacific Ltd specialises in water supply and purifying systems, water bore, geo-tech and environmental drilling, pumps, motors and accessories, vehicle workshop and spare parts sales, safety gear and accessories.