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Acting Prime Minister marked the commencement of the Nuku’alofa Network Upgrade Project

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 14/11/2018

The Acting Prime Minister – Hon. Semisi Sika was the guest of honour at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Nuku’alofa Network Upgrade project at the St. Mathias Anglican Church, Pahu.

The Nuku’alofa Network Upgrade Project aims to upgrade and modernize the electricity network in the Nuku’alofa Area in 5 phases which includes the 5 areas of Nuku’alofa.

Minister of MEIDECC Hon. Poasi Tei says the project will provide safe and reliable electricity supply to more than 8,000 households and businesses in the Nuku’alofa area.

“The Nuku’alofa Network Upgrade Project is a vital part of Tonga’s renewable energy integration effort particularly from a climate resilient position and it aims to also improve the demand’s side management of electricity and improved energy efficiency through the overall reduction of electricity losses to only 9%percent by 2020 as well”

In May this year, the NZ High Commissioner – H.E Tiffany Babington signed the grant funding arrangement for $11m NZD for this project.

It was followed after one month by the Asian Development Bank’s Board of Directors approval of an additional grant of 6.8 million.

Minister adds these aids are able to cover the required network upgrade works of the first two areas of the project that of which sustained most damages in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Gita.

These two areas cover the villages of Kolomotu’a, Kolofo’ou, Fanga, Longolongo and Tofoa.

Hon. Tei also says that the United Arab Emirates is funding $3.5 million USD for the Nuku’alofa Network Upgrade Project.

The project is separated into 5 different areas of Nuku’alofa. Funding has been confirmed for Areas 1 from Government of New Zealand, Area 2 from Asian Development Bank and funding for Area 3 from United Arab Emirates.

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