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Dam Works At 60 Per Cent Stage

The Somosomo Hydro Dam project on Taveuni Island is at 60 per cent of its completion stage. The proposed completion period for the civil works is set for October but
18 Apr 2015 10:28
Dam Works At 60 Per Cent Stage
The Minister for the infrastructure and transport, Pio Tikoduadua (right), with other government officials during a one-day tour of the ‘garden Island’ yesterday. Photo: Maraia Vula

The Somosomo Hydro Dam project on Taveuni Island is at 60 per cent of its completion stage.

The proposed completion period for the civil works is set for October but then it all depends on whether the weather.

The Minister for the Infrastructure and Transport, Pio Tikoduadua, while on a one-day tour of the ‘Garden Island’ yesterday, said he was impressed with the level of work done at the site.

The Ministry’s principle technical officer, Frank Rokowaqa, said: The coverage for the new dam is from Welelagit to Wairiki, which will benefit the domestic households and business community.

“We have done 60 per cent of the work for the project but once its completed it will be surveyed again but the development site is currently leased from two land owning units here,” he said.

“After the survey it will indicate the actual amount of area that will be leased however after the completion of the whole project Fiji Electricity Authority will take over the operations.”

Mr Rokowaqa said if they experienced a lot of rainy weather they would roll over the project to next year.

“The proposed completion period for the civil works only is October if the weather is in our favour,” he said.

“We have met with the Fiji Roads Authority regarding the issue of road access points where they will undertake the survey again to detour the road from where the pipes are placed so that there is a free access from the main road to the entrance right through to the dam.”

Mr Tikoduadua had proposed for the team to make sure to lease the access roads so that they can fence it off along with the project site to keep it out of limits.

“It looks impressive there should be a work site management we don’t want to build a dam and then have erosion,” he said.

“Which means we need to look at the quality of the roads, monitor the development as the roads. Get FRA to come and supervise because we have an interest in this place so we need to meet the needs at this early stage otherwise if we leave it for too long it will be difficult to manange.

“We need to look at the roads where we should get some engineering professional input and also a level of input from governments end on the engineering work on the dam project.

“There should be a dialogue happening between the ministry and FEA and they should be both involved at this stage of the project.”

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