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Rarawai Cogeneration Plant Works To Start By Next Month

Expectations are construction works on Fiji Sugar Corporation’s 14 Megawatts Rarawai cogeneration plant in Ba will start off by June. FSC executive chairman, Abdul Khan, confirming this, said quite a
01 May 2015 10:08
Rarawai Cogeneration Plant Works To Start By Next Month
Fiji Sugar Corporation executive chairman, Abdul Khan, in an interview with the Fiji Sun. Photo: RACHAEL NATH

Expectations are construction works on Fiji Sugar Corporation’s 14 Megawatts Rarawai cogeneration plant in Ba will start off by June.

FSC executive chairman, Abdul Khan, confirming this, said quite a bit of work has been done on this and as soon as they get the final approvals, they will begin.

“A lot of the feasibility study is done, the details done and we are just about to go out with the expressions of interest and then basically start construction,” he said.

The total project is worth around US$100 million (FJ$201 million).

It will receive a boost through a US$70 million (FJ$140.7 million) line of credit pledged by the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, the past year.

Mr Khan said: “So we go through the Government mechanism to ensure we can utilise the US$70 million and start the project.”

The site for the cogeneration plant a little away from the Rarawai Mill which Mr Khan has assured is away from the flood area.

Once this cogeneration plant is established, the Fiji Electricity Authority is expected to buy the electricity generated by this plant.

The way this would work is the mill would use a certain portion of the power generated for its own operations and the remaining will be sold to FEA.

Another 10 Megawatts cogeneration plant construction is currently underway in Labasa. The cogeneration system cost of $17 million has been financed by Fiji Development Bank.

Value adding

Meanwhile, the Fiji Sugar Corporation is also seriously looking into value addition in the industry.

Mr Khan said: “When we process the cane, there are a number of products and the challenge on us is to realise the value of these products.”

He said setting up a refinery will mean rather than just producing raw sugar, they can refine it.

Also by setting up packaging plant, they can add more value to sugar being produced.

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