Power outages in Auki will no longer be a problem after work on ‘distribution networks’ by Solomon Power was completed in Auki last week.
Solomon Power Auki station master Joseph Keniore said, it is a sort of a blessing for the province as these projects does not come easily.
The distribution network upgrade is primarily to replace the old electric poles and high voltage (HV) lines.
Mr Keniore added the maintenance started October this year which engaged some of the officers from the Honiara office.
“The distribution network has now improved since wires and poles were replaced with new ones.
“Six boys with the help of five casual workers worked around the clock to replace the lines.
“They replace both the high voltage and low voltage lines.”
The station master added that a bonus for the upgrading work is the installment of street lights from Auki town to SDA area.
“Street lights are not part of the work but the boys are so willing to put them up.”
He also acknowledged those residing at Auki, Aligegeo and Kilu’ufi compound for being patient during power interruption when work was carried out.
“These are the challenges we met during course of the upgrading work but yet scheduled timing to have the power running was provided for them.”
Mr Keniore added continuation of the upgrading project will continue next year.
“Feeder box to Kilu’ufi and Kwaibala will be next. And the supplying of electricity to areas in Kunu.”
Malaita Premier Peter Ramohia has applauded Auki Solomon Power for their work to ensure power is distributed to new areas in town.
“I know they are prepared to handle the Fiu hydro project as one of their long term plans of power supply and distribution in Malaita.”
In the mean time work on the SBD $2m ‘Auki Generator Upgrade Project’ is underway.
The project’s objective is to design, supply, installation and commissioning of 1x360kW continuous Diesel Power Generator (415/240volts, 450kVA 50 Hz, 3phase 4 wire, 1500RPM).
Auki station is the second largest outstation in the country with an increasing demand for power.
By TEDDY KAFO