14 Oct 2009

More generators flown to tsunami-hit American Samoa

4:15 pm on 14 October 2009

The world's largest aircraft arrived in American Samoa this morning, bringing ten huge generators needed to boost the electricity supply following the tsunami.

The Antonov Airlines AN-225 transported the 12-thousand kilogramme generators from Illinois, with stopovers in California, and Hawaii before it arrived at Pago Pago International airport this morning.

Felise Kaisia, a spokesperson for the American Samoa Homeland Security, Emergency Operations Centre, says each of the generators has a 5000-kilowatt capacity and is the size of a six metre container.

He says while the power is 90 percent restored in American Samoa, the generators are needed because the tsunami destroyed the Satala Power plant.

"The generator itself at the American Samoa Power Authority in Satala was totally damaged by the waves, so they can't operate from the centre at Satala which covers the whole eastern side. That's the main reason why they are bringing all these generators in."

Felise Kaisia says there are also some areas where electricity supply has been put on hold for safety reasons, and while wires and transformers are repaired.