Five Large Generators to Provide Immediate Power Connections in Villages

Five Generators provided by the Government of Australia arriving in Fua'amotu Airport. 23.02.2018
 

Australia is providing up to $3.5 million in humanitarian assistance to support the response to the crisis in Tonga.

The funding is supporting the provision of five large electricity generators, each of which will provide immediate power connections for up to 600 households in the villages of Ha’atafu, Kolovai, Houma, Kolonga and Niutoua.

The generators can be fed via a fuel top up system and allows for flexibility during the power restoration process.

This will allow TPL to continue working in the central district of Tongatapu that were heavily affected by TC Gita restoring power to homes, reinstate health and education services, and enable the rest of the businesses to resume operations. .

Seti Chen -TPL General Manager for Operations said, “The generators have been a real sort out item for individual homes and businesses in the last week and a half. Seeing these 5 generators coming off the plane ready to power up over 600 households at the furthest points of the network certainly warms the heart and we cannot thank the Australian Government enough for their generosity”

He adds, “The team of Australian line mechanics have been instrumental in preparing the 3 villages out West including Ha’atafu, Kolovai and Houma whereby parts of the villages will have power over the weekend”.

“ The villages had been chosen based on the last to have power restored such as Ha’atafu which is the furthest village at the Western side of Tongatapu, Niutoua out East and also villages at the ends of the island which have pharmaceutical clinics such as Kolovai, Houma and Kolonga”, said Seti.

 

Three of the generators come in size 110 kVA and two are 165 kVA which are suitable to power homes and businesses. The cost of these gen sets are each valued at over $10,000 AUD each.

 

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One 110 kVA and 165 kVA generators ready to be transported to the villages. 23.02.2018
 
Australian Defence Force Personnel assist in offloading the generators. 23.02.2018
 
 

 

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