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Fiji represented at geothermal conference

The Fijian delegation attended the third Iceland Geothermal Conference at the Harpa Conference Centre in Reykjavik from 25th to 26th April 2016 focusing on geothermal diversity usage and the different methods of creating the value of the resource. A three-member delegation from Fiji, comprising of the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Lands and Mineral […]

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May 1, 2016 6:43 am

The Fijian delegation attended the third Iceland Geothermal Conference at the Harpa Conference Centre in Reykjavik from 25th to 26th April 2016 focusing on geothermal diversity usage and the different methods of creating the value of the resource.

(L-R) Mr. Kamlesh Khelawan (World Bank), Mr. Malakai Finau (PS Lands & Mineral Resources), Mr. Kamal Gounder (Strategic Planning) and Mr. Apete Soro (Mineral Resources)  (DEPFTO)
(L-R) Mr. Kamlesh Khelawan (World Bank), Mr. Malakai Finau (PS Lands & Mineral Resources), Mr. Kamal Gounder (Strategic Planning) and Mr. Apete Soro (Mineral Resources) (DEPFTO)

A three-member delegation from Fiji, comprising of the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources, Mr. Malakai Finau, Mr. Kamal Gounder of the Department of Strategic Planning and Mr. Apete Soro of the Mineral Resources Department attended the two days Global Geothermal Development Plan accompanied by Mr. Kamlesh Khelawan of the World Bank.

The Permanent Secretary for Lands and Mineral Resources, Mr. Finau said the conference provides a platform for donors, multilateral financing institutions, government officials, industry experts, and practitioners to take stock of progress and exchange knowledge on different aspects of geothermal projects.

FINAU: “It focuses on the role of governments to specific technical industry issues and the progress around the new technologies, the challenges as well as the impacts of developing such resource.”

The roundtable took place before the Iceland Geothermal Conference with opportunities for participants to interact with international geothermal developers and equipment and service providers.

FINAU: “This is cooperation between the Fijian Government and the World Bank to further explore and develop the geothermal resources in Fiji as a possible source of renewable energy for the country.”

Mr. Finau added that the objective is to conduct further investigations into geothermal energy resources in Vanua Levu with a view to identifying a pilot project for development.

FINAU: “This is consistent with the goal of enhancing the security of energy supply in Fiji, lowering the dependence on imported petroleum-based fuel and diversifying renewable generation under the draft Fiji National Energy Policy (2013) and the Strategic Action Plan (2013).”

The conference was organised by the World Bank Group Energy Sector Management (ESMAP) in partnership with the Iceland Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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