Setback to renewable energy goals as Takara geothermal project is abandoned; Tanna needs more roads, says NatumanPosted: April 26, 2016
In its latest annual report, the Australian commercial energy developer Geodynamics sees the much-vaunted Takara geo-thermal energy project as of limited to no value in terms of likely return to its shareholders. Geodynamics is in the process of abandoning the big alternative energy site for Efate. Daily Post today gives an account of the history of the venture. Takara’s first geothermal prospects were undertaken in 1972 and then from 2011. In its annual report, Geodynamics also states that “the reduction in world oil prices has also contributed to this [abandonment of Takara geothermal], reducing the immediate need to address the transition away from diesel, with competition from other renewable energy sources (solar, wind and hydro) also playing a role. While this quiet shut down of the geothermal project is certainly a blow to Vanuatu’s green energy ambitions which target 90% renewable energy by 2020 and 100% by 2030 according to IRENA, and the 2013 Energy Road Map, we can only hope that Vanuatu’s other natural resources — solar, wind and hydro, and coconut fuel and other new technologies — can continue to grow and deliver as safe and sustainable alternatives to Geodynamics’ broken promises. And possibly the new Salwai Government, with a determination to succeed where others have failed, may be able to suggest other possibilities.
Today’s Daily Post also has Deputy PM Natuman, on Tanna, pointing out that villagers in the south of the island are facing difficulties in accessing essential services even though the CCECC road, soon to be tar sealed, runs from Whitegrass airport to Lenakel, Bethel, Kwataparen and to Green Point. The economic zone, however, is located away from the road in the bush. Tafea Provincial President, Job Teo, said that upgrading feeder roads is part of the council’s infrastructure plan. Australia is already assisting and the French government has agreed to become involved. Natuman applauds CCECC for contributing to the country’s economic sector.
Vanuatu Government Public Relations Officer Hilaire Bule at the Prime Minister’s Office says the Leader of the Opposition is misleading people with talk of “a motion” when he has just lost three MPs to the government side. He says Kalsakau should be aware that the vast majority of the people are rallying behind the Salwai Government, in power for just over two months.
GJP’s MP for Paama, Fred Tasso, is determined to bring improved techniques and new skills to farming for his people. The public has learned of this through radio and newspaper reports in recent days. Planting rice, care of chickens, new pig feed recipes, and banana, kumala and manioc chip production are amongst the new products and processes being developed on Paama.