Message from the General Manager

Hello and welcome to the Solomon Islands Electricity Authority website. This website is the center for all your electricity questions and updates from anywhere in the Solomons. You can find Safety Tips, Saving Power tips and Power Outage schedules on this site. We hope that your visit on this site will be worth your while and SIEA will continue to keep powering the nation now and into the future.

Mr Pradip Verma

Chief Executive Officer

Christmas Opening Hours

Its that time of year again, so please do get your cash Power on time to avoid disapointments. Also if it runs out during the holidays, you can always vend for Cash power using the BSP mobile Top Up for Cash Power.

For more information please call 166.

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

SIEA welcomes it's New CEO and Capital Works Project Manager

Pradip Verma & Mark Greenaway

SIEA is pleased to announce that it has a new Chief Executive Officer, Mr Pradip Verma and a new Capital Works Project Manager, Mr. Mark Greenaway.   They took up office on November 24th 2014 and December 8th, 2014, respectively. The Chairman of SIEA Board formally introduced and welcomed Messrs.’ Verma and Greenaway in a Cocktail function organized by SIEA at the Heritage Park Hotel to its stakeholders and major customers. 

Mr. Verma has 36 years of experience in the Electricity Industry across electricity    transmission and distribution in India, Bahrain, Algeria and Australia, including 17 years in senior management. Mr. Verma holds a Bachelor of Engineering Honors Degree (Electrical and Electronics Engineering) from BITS, Pilani, India; a Master’s Degree in Business Management from LaTrobe University, Australia.  Mr. Verma affiliates to the following Professional Affiliations: Graduate Member of Australia Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), Chartered Professional Engineer, Engineers Australia, ENA’s representative on Standards Australia Committee EL008 Power Transformers and Member on CIGRE panel – APBI – Insulated cables. His previous role was with Transend Engineering and Asset Services as General Manager where he was responsible for a team of 44 in three asset type departments to ensure that key business objectives are delivered whilst creating a positive and constructive culture. Mr. Verma’s wife, Trupta & children are very supportive of his move to Solomon Islands. “I am honored to be the first CEO of SIEA and look forward to lead SIEA into its next phase of growth.” said Mr. Verma. 

Mr. Mark Greenaway has 36 years of technical experience in various positions.  His last experience was as General Manager of Operations in the Midwest Vanadium Pty Ltd in Gladstone, Queensland, Australia.  Mr. Greenaway holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering Technology-Trans disciplinary and a Master’s Degree in Project Management from the University of Southern Queensland (USQ). He is married with four children and two grandchildren.

The Chairman of the SIEA Board, Mr. Adrian Wickham said, “We are pleased to have Pradip and Mark on board.  We are fortunate to have people of their caliber and experience.”
2014 has been a very busy year for the Authority with introduction of Cash Power Top up on mobile, upgrades on all Outstation Generators, Honiara Power House upgrades and commissioning of new Caterpillar generators, the Solar Panel Garage, New Billing System, New Switch Gear for Honiara Power house,and the commencement of rebuilding the Lungga Power Station. Amongst these landmark changes is the change in Leadership, with the arrival of the new CEO, who replaces Norman Nicholls, the former General Manager, whose contract lapsed in November of this year.
 SIEA also announced its short term plans for 2015 which include commissioning its’ four 2.5 Megawatts Generator and open its New Lungga Power Station, roll out of SMART Meters to its Postpaid customers and Rebranding. 

 

 

WOODFORD INTERNATIONAL VISITS Lungga power station

The Woodford International students, in their hard hats and safety vests, ready for the tour into the Power station.

Students from Woodford International School and their class teachers visited the Lungga Power Station. The students are amongst the first people to see the newly constructed energy efficient workshop featuring both passive energy feature such as large sky lights and natural ventilation as well as insulation, low energy lighting, solar hot water and rain water collection. The students were studying renewable energy at school and thought that it would be a good idea to see how power is generated in Honiara and learn about what changes are planned for the future.

According to Nik West, Capital Works Programme Manager, SIEA power generation is currently diesel based. SIEA do have a small 50kw grid connected solar, a pilot running with a local Biodiesel producer, are planning to refurbish one of the provincial hydropower stations and are progressing works to develop other hydro power sites.
“We have started the land acquisition process to support the establishment of a 2Mw solar farm that we hope to start work on next year”.
On a National level the Hydro projects proposed for Fiu River in Malaita and the Tina River on Guadalcanal hold the potential to move the Solomon Islands away from reliance on fossil fuels and dramatically reduce emissions. There is also the possibility of geothermal energy from Savo Island.
The students were taken for a tour inside the Power house at Lungga and also the Control room and switching room that controls all the power generation and distribution to the Honiara network.

The students were very excited and enjoyed their turns going into the Power house. There were two groups that paid a visit to the Power Station.

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