Bougainville launching own public service

RNZI: The chief administrator in Papua New Guinea’s Bougainville says the launch of its own public service today will greatly benefit locals, RNZI reports. Running its own public service is a cornerstone of the Bougainville Peace Agreement but Port Moresby has, until now, not handed down the powers because it had deemed the province lacked…

Fiji first iron ore export almost ready

Fiji’s first iron sand ore resources from the Ba Delta is expected to be exported out of the country soon. The Mineral Resources Department has also confirmed that work on Amex Resources Limited’s multi million dollar port in Lautoka will also start next month. Three years ago the company was awarded a special mining lease…

Samoa’s first grid connected solar power system

Samoa, the first country to access the Pacific Environment Community (PEC) Fund since its inception in 2010 is finally having their first solar photovoltaic grid system commissioned for use in Salelologa, Savai’i. The formal commissioning ceremony co-hosted by the Government of Samoa and Electric Power Corporation (EPC) took place last week and was attended by…

PNG to join the top dozen LNG exporters

The first shipment of Papua New Guinea’s LNG exports is due to get underway mid-year, marking the country’s entry to this growing global energy industry.   With the prospect of second and third LNG projects, where will PNG fit in to the global LNG market. The liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry marks its 50th birthday…

Sisilo: Let’s go for the best possible deal

THE negotiations of an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between Pacific countries and the European Union (EU) have reached a critical stage. At their meeting held last week in Suva, Fiji, Pacific Trade and Fisheries Ministers agreed to conclude the negotiations as a single region by June 2014. To achieve that both sides will have to…

Wind energy production low in Pacific Islands

Wind power has become the least expensive and fastest growing source of renewable energy in the world. In the Pacific Islands States, however, the scale at which wind energy technology has been adopted is comparatively small. In fact amounting to only 0.004% of the global cumulative installed capacity according to recent statistics released by the…

Telco extends high speed data to users

High speed data access for BMobile has been switched on in three centres of the country, enabling residents to access high speed internet. The centres are Lae and Port Moresby and Mt Hagen. Bmobile PNG chief executive Raj Deo said: “Our aim in this expansion exercise is to provide high speed data and reliable voice…

Fiji Airways announces new cargo interline deals

Fiji Airways, Fiji’s National Airline yesterday announced new interline cargo agreements with five other airlines for the carriage of freight to and from Fiji to numerous cities in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States. The new agreements are part of the Fiji Airways strategy to enhance airline partnerships across its passenger and…

Horizon Oil’s PNG project cleared

The government of Papua New Guinea has approved Horizon Oil’s Stanley gas condensate development project. Petroleum and Energy Minister Nixon Duban intends to grant a petroleum development licence and pipeline licence for the project and will sign a gas agreement with Horizon Oil covering the project’s fiscal terms and commitments to local content.  Granting of…

PNG women pilots to train in NZ

Four specially selected young women from Papua New Guinea are training to become commercial pilots in New Zealand for airlines back home. The women started a 68-week course this week to secure a New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority Commercial Pilot Licence and Multi-engine Instrument Rating at Nelson Aviation College, Nelson. The women are able to…