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Media Release

President Visits Japanese Renewable Energy Plant

 his excellency with ambassador and company officials

Tokyo, Japan, 22 June 2011: His Excellency the President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau today 22 June 2011 visited the Kawasaki Biomass Power Plant located in Kawasaki, Yokohama. The visit was organized by the Fiji Mission in Tokyo and officials of the Kawasaki Biomass Power Plant to view clean and renewable energy processing methods utilised at the plant. His Excellency was accompanied by Ambassador Isikeli Mataitoga, the Official Secretary Mr Joeli Rokovada and other officials. On arrival at the Plant, His Excellency was received by the President of the Kawasaki Biomass Power Plant Mr Hiroaki Togawa and Mr Hiroshi Murakami the General Manager.

His Excellency was given a conducted tour of the Plant followed by detail briefing from Plant Officials on its operation. Discussion also focused on the company's plan to set up a similar plant in Fiji. There were some specific issues that were still needed to be clarified from the Fiji side and a team from the company will visit Fiji shortly to undertake more consultations. A major advantage of the proposed biomass plant proposed for Fiji is that it does not require a specific plant or wood type to be the raw material for energy generation. It was noted in the discussion on the potentials for biomass energy processing in Fiji, of the availability of fuel in Fiji in the form of wood material and other vegetation being critical components of biomass power processing. This Plant proposed for Fiji operates on any wood waste that is readily available.

The President was impressed with the two concepts adopted by the Kawasaki Biomass Power Plant of generating power, first from raw materials many may consider as waste and secondly from using available resources as  opposed to the need to plant special species of plants as fuel for similar power generation. The company provided a brief outlook of their investment intentions for Fiji and is currently on the design phase of their proposed investment in Fiji's renewable energy sector.

The Fiji Mission in Tokyo has been consulting the Kawasaki Biomass Power Plant management since March this year.  This is consistent with Fiji Government's initiatives to reduce fossil fuel import costs through the introduction of clean and renewable energy sources.

(Photo caption: His Excellency with Ambassador and Company Officials in front of the Plant)

his excellency being shown wood chips used for generating power

His Excellency being shown wood chips used for generating power