22 Jun 2007

Samoa government to continue negotiations of hydropower project

3:10 pm on 22 June 2007

Samoa's Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, says the government is taking a break from ongoing negotiations with local villagers over the construction of the first hydro-electric power plant on Savaii island.

The Asian Development Bank has set aside funds for the power station.

Tuila'epa was responding to a concern raised in parliament by one government MP who said a lot of public money has spent on the project but it has been stopped.

The village councils of Sili and Ga'utavai are at the centre of negotiations for the project.

In April, village matais decided to reject further negotiations because they believed the hydro plant will severely damage the natural environment.