East Timor: Hydroelectric plant opened to supply electricity to Baucau

19 November 2008

Dili, East Timor, 19 Nov – Gariuai, the first hydroelectric power plant in East Timor was opened last week in order to provide electricity to the city of Baucau.

The mini hydroelectric plant was a gift from Norway and it was built under guidance of the Norwegian Directorate for Hydro and Energy Resources, which has supported East Timor in managing its hydro and energy resources since 2003.

Norway has invested over 1.4 million Norwegian kroner (around US$204,000) on building this mini plant and the 4-kilometre transmission line that will supply electricity to the city of Baucau, which has thus far been dependent on diesel generators.

The Norconsult/Norplan consortium has also concluded field work for economic feasibility studies for the Iralalary hydroelectric Project and the transmission line to Dili, the final report of which is due to be handed in at the beginning of 2009. (macauhub)