FSM Continues on with the Technical Cooperation Project for the Introduction of Hybrid Power Generation System with JICA
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- Published: Friday, 17 May 2019 04:59
- Written by Bill Jaynes
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The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has started the “Project for the Introduction of Hybrid Power Generation System in Pacific Island Countries” since March 2017. This is 5 years’ technical cooperation project targeted for 5 pacific island countries; Fiji, Tuvalu, Kiribati, RMI, and FSM. The aim of this project is to promote the deployment of a hybrid power generation system composed of Diesel Generators (DG) and Renewable Energy (RE) by providing technical support for the appropriate & economical operation and maintenance of DG as well as for the appropriate integration of RE, and operation and maintenance of RE. For this purpose, JICA offers technical assistance by Chief Advisor, Mr. Ogawa, long-term expert based in Fiji, and short-term expert team headed by Okinawa Ene-tech., Co, at each states of the FSM, as well as inviting trainees for trainings in Okinawa, and Fiji.
On January 29, 2019, the second Joint Coordinating Committee (JCC) meeting was held in Pohnpei at the Pohnpei State Government office with attendance from the Department of Resources & Development of the FSM, Office of the Governor of Pohnpei State, Kosrae Utilities Authority (KUA), Yap State Public Service Corporation (YSPSC), Chuuk Public Utilities Corporation (CPUC), Pohnpei Utilities Corporation (PUC), JICA Micronesia, and the expert team.
Through the 2nd JCC meeting, the FSM side and JICA identified issues including the contents of the Project Design Matrix (PDM), the Plan of Operation (PO) and Project Monitoring Sheet. Both sides actively discussed the progress of the project activities based on the report of review for the last two years provided by a Japanese evaluation mission team. FSM side agreed to implement measures recommended by JICA Experts under the improvement plan later evaluated and updated in 2019. Training Equipment has been donated to the FSM side under the Project under the condition to be utilized in an appropriate manner. The venue for the 3rd JCC Meeting will be held around February, 2020 in the State of Yap.
The Minutes of Meeting was signed by Mr. Hubert Yamada, Assistant Secretary for Energy Sector for Hon. Marion Henry; Secretary of Department of Resources and Development, Mr. Tadayuki Ogawa; Chief Advisor of the project, Mr. Takahiro Suzuki; Assistant Director for Energy and Mining Group, JICA Headquarters and Mr. Shinji Shibata; Resident Representative of JICA-FSM.
As the next main activity of this project, officials from each state will be invited to counterpart trainings sometime this year to disseminate skills and knowledge on the Hybrid Power Generation System. Possible venue of trainings are Fiji, Yap and various DG plants within FSM.