8 Oct 2009

Power supply in America Samoa to be boosted

8:23 am on 8 October 2009

Power generation is set to be boosted in American Samoa, badly hit by last week's tsunami .

A US military official has told Radio New Zealand plans to bring in thirty-one -megawatt generators will be announced today.

Currently, electricity generation is down to a third of normal levels after the American territory's main power plant was damaged beyond repair by the tsunami.

The generators will be in place until a new plant is constructed. That's expected to take between 12 and 18 months.

Some estimates put the price of the new power station at 25 million US dollars.