Hon. Moses Garu, Minister of Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification ready to cut the ribbon, whilst Board Director Henry Tobani looks on.
Date: Wednesday 26th February 2014
The Honiara Power Station was built and commissioned in the 1960’s. It was the first power station built in the then very young town of Honiara. It serviced the entire town. However as the town began to expand and the demand for power increased, the Lungga power station was built and commissioned in 1971. It took over most of the Generation. Honiara Power Station became a peak load station, which means it is switched on only when the demand for power is high, and is used as a switching station.
This was how it has been until now, when due to capacity constraints, SIEA, has decided to resume generation operations at the Power Station, to support Lungga Power Station. The 2x1.5MW Caterpillar 3615 generators will help ease the load on the Lungga Generators especially during peak hours of the day, and during overhauls and faults. It has been in operation since 13th December of 2013, and to date has helped stabilize power requirements in Honiara.
The installation of the two generators is a milestone in itself with a total cost of $16 million, fully funded by SIEA. It has taken about a year of careful planning, deliberations and timely executions to make it a reality. Today marks a new beginning for SIEA as it ventures into improving the reliability of power supply to Honiara.
There are plans to purchase and install two more additional generators which will further increase the efficiency and distribution of electricity to our customers within the city. SIEA will continue to strive and address the challenges it faces and the commissioning of the Caterpillar generators marks a positive advancement in the delivery of a satisfactory and excellent service to our customers and stakeholders in Honiara.