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Minister trip to Japan - January 2018

The Honourable Dr. Saia Ma'u Piukala, the newly appointed Minister of Public Enterprises and Minister of Health, concluded a trip to Tokyo and Okinawa, Japan where he expanded on the significance of the Japan-Tonga relationship.

The focus of the visit was to attend the bid opening ceremony and follow on negotiations for the JICA wind project which was held in a snowing Tokyo, Japan from the 22nd to 29th of January, 2018.

The objective of the project is to introduce renewable energy and diversify power supply sources through the installation of a 1.3 megawatt wind power generation system in Niutoua, Tongatapu.

The Minister, along with Directors from the Combined Utility Board, Fuiva Kavaliku and Sione Taione, TPL CEO Robert Matthews, TPL Generation Manager Murray Sheerin, TPL General Manager of Operations Seti Chen and TPL scholar, Nikkolasi Fonua also attended the bid opening and ensuing meetings. The delegation was honoured to be led by the Minister with the presence of the Tongan Ambassador to Japan, HE Lady Fusitu'a.

The meetings in Tokyo centred on the scope of works for the project which involved Lot 1 for the wind power generator system and Lot 2 for the grid stabilization system as well as implementation of the project in Tonga amongst other significant matters which were covered in the agenda of this one week trip.

After much deliberations and discussions during the bid evaluation, two companies successfully met the required process from JICA and provided bid prices within the allowable budget approved. Nishizawa Corporation and NBK Corporation were awarded the respective contracts for the procurement and installation of wind power generation (LOT 1) and grid stabilization system (LOT 2) in Tonga.

Several highlights of the trip to Tokyo included the courtesy visit to JICA Headquarters, giving the opportunity to extend Tonga's utmost gratitude for the Wind Farm Project but also promote other significant sector wide projects that JICA are well attained with. Another was the signing of the contracts with the successful bidders. Following the negotiations and clarification sessions, ceremonies were held on the 26th and 27th of January to sign the contracts for Lot 1 and 2 which was led by the Honourable Minister.

Minister trip to Okinawa - January 2018

The trip concluded with the Minister visiting the Okinawa Electric Power Company (OEPC) accompanied by TPL CEO Robert Matthews. The Minister was welcomed by the Chairman and senior staff of OEPC which proved to be a very informative trip fo the Minister in understanding firsthand wind power technology and its importance in allowing Tonga to reach the 50% renewable energy target by 2020.

Quotes

"Given the significance of this wind farm project towards Tonga's renewable energy target, I now understand the importance of wind generation and the need for a battery storage system for grid stability in order for us to achieve 50% renewable energy by 2020."  - The Honourable Dr. Saia Ma'u Piukala, Minister of Health and Public Enterprises.

"Wind Power is an essential requirement and complements our existing solar plants. Wind can produce energy during the day and importantly during the night when the sun goes down and there is no solar generation; so that makes this wind project an essential part of our renewable energy mix." - Mr. Robert Matthews, CEO, Tonga Power Limited.

 

 

Transport Board Members

Tonga Airports Limited (TAL), Ports Authority Tonga (PAT) and Friendly Islands Shipping Agency (FISA) Board of Directors on 09 November 2017 declared total dividend payment of $4,773,777.00 for the financial year 2016/17 during the Annual General Meeting at the Ports Authority Tonga’s Head Office at Queen Salote Wharf

The Chairman of the Board of Directors for Transportation Sector, Mr. Stephen Edwards, presented Ports Authority Tonga’s dividend payment with a cheque of $2,664,230.00, Tonga Airports Limited with a cheque of $2,000,000.00 and Friendly Islands Shipping Agency with a cheque of $109,547.00 to Hon. Poasi Mataele Tei, in his capacity as the Minister for Public Enterprises and the representative for the Shareholder – Government of Tonga.

PAT Board Members and Management Team 2017

From (L-R) – Sione ‘Akau’ola (CEO- MPE), Mr. Etikeni Samani (Manager Risk & Compliance), Hon. Poasi Tei (Minister for MPE), Mr. Viliami Takau (Director), Dr. Capt. Sione Tu’itupou Fotu (Deputy Chairman – Board), Mrs. Helen Po’uliva’ati Toli (Director), Mr. Iketau Kaufusi (Manager Infrastructure & Technical), Mrs. Audrey Liti (Corporate Services), Mr. Stephen Edwards (Chairman – Board), Mr Halloween Kisina ( Manager Operations), Mr Mosese Lavemai (CEO- PAT), Capt. Hakaumotu Fakapelea (Port Master) and Mr. ‘Alo Maileseni (Chief Finance Officer)

IMG 0179From (L-R) - ( Pita Ha’angana (Chief Financial Officer), Hon. Poasi Tei (Minister for Public Enterprises), Mr. Viliami Takau (Director), Dr. Capt. Sione Tu’itupou Fotu (Deputy Chairman - Board), Mrs. Helen Po’uliva’ati Toli (Director), Viliami Ma’ake (CEO for TAL), Mr. Stephen Edwards (Chairman of the Board). And Sione ‘Akau’ola (CEO for MPE)

IMG 0187From (L-R) – Mr. Viliami Takau (Director), Hon Poasi Tei (Minister for Public Enterprises), Dr. Capt. Sione T. Fotu (Deputy Chairman), Mrs Helen Po’uliva’ati Toli (Director), Mosese Fakatou (CEO for FISA), Mr. Stephen Edwards (Chairman- Board), Sione ‘Akau’ola (CEO for MPE), Seini Fifita (Chief Finance Officer) and other representative from FISA.

The Minister for Public Enterprises, Honorable Poasi Tei was presented with a cheque of TOP$7,319,219.00 by the Chairman of the Common Utilities Board of Directors, Mr. Carl Sanft as the Combined Utility Dividend and Tax payment for the financial year 2016/17.

Poasi Tei and chairman Utilities BoardThe Minister of Public Enterprises, Hon. Poasi Tei received a cheque with a total of TOP$7,319,239.00 from Chairman of the Shared Utiliteis Board, Mr. Carl Sanft as dividend and tax payment for Financial Year 2016/17

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) for the Utility Sector was held on 10th November, 2017, at Tano'a International Dateline Hotel, Nuku'alofa. The Utility Sector is consist of Tonga Power Ltd, Tonga Water Board, Waste Authority Ltd and Tonga Gas Ltd.

Total combined dividend and tax payment of $7,319,239 comprises of total combined dividend payment of $4.38 million to Government that is, 62.6% of the combined net profit for this financial year and total combined tax expenses of $2.9 million to Government.

The 2016/17 financial year sets the record for the highest dividend and tax payment declared by the Utility Sector amongst the Public Enterprises.

Utilities board members (L-R)- Mr. Malakai Lomu Sika (CEO- WAL), Mr. ‘Aisake Tu’iono (Director), Mrs. Fuiva Kavaliku (Director), Dr. Nailasikau Halatuituia (Deputy Chairman), Hon. Poasi Tei (Minister for MPE), Mr. Carl Sanft (Chairman), Mr Robert Matthews (CEO – TPL), Mr. Sione ‘Akau’ola (CEO – MPE), Mr. Sione Tutulu Finau (A/CEO – TWB) and Mr. Sione Taione (Director).

Tonga Power achieved another exemplary financial result in 2017 recording an after tax profit of $5.53 million compared to $5.49 million last year (FY2015/16).

Tonga Power Limited (TPL) and Tonga Gas Limited (TGL) declared $3.3 million to Government this year (FY2016/17) compared to $3.286 million last year (FY2015/16).

Total tax expenses at $2.5 million this year (FY2016/17) compared to $0.87 million last year (FY2015/16). Total dividend including tax is $5.82 million compared to $4.17 million last year. Total dividend including tax since started in 2008-2017 is $14.6 million.

This year, Tonga Water Board (TWB) has declared Government dividend of $1,030,000 (FY2016/17) as compared to $1,027,000 last year (FY2015/16). TWB achieved a net profit after tax of $1,243,262 as compared to $1,373,784 of last year. TWB is paying $457,928 as income tax payment for 2016/17 FY.

Waste Authority Limited (WAL) has achieved a net profit after tax of $284,526 for this financial year (FY2016/17) compared to $229,652 of last financial year (FY2015/16). This is the third year in progression that the company has achieved net benefit from its operations. WAL declared a dividend of $50,000 again this year.

After declaration of dividend from these PEs (Tonga Power Ltd, TWB, WAL and Tonga Gas Ltd), the Hon. Minister for Public Enterprises acknowledged the hard work that have been carried out by the Chairman, Board Members, CEOs & all Staffs of these 3 PEs for their perseverance and great support towards their business plan.

Hon. Minister of Public Enterprises, Hon. Poasi Mataele Tei, continued on leading the Tonga Water Board (TWB) delegation with 9 members attending the 10th annual conference of the Pacific Water and Wastewater Association (PWWA) from Monday 07th - 11th August at the Sheraton Aggies Hotel in Apia, Samoa. This year's annual conference for the first time had a special program for Young Water Professionals from the PWWA member utilities in Pacific Region. The PWWC was hosted by Samoa Water Authority and co-host organizations - the Water and Sanitation Sector of MNRE and the Samoa Independent Water Schemes Association.

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The delegation from Tonga consists of the Hon. Minister for Public Enterprises, Hon. Poasi Tei, CEO for Public Enterprises, Mr. Sione 'Akau'ola, Acting CEO for Tonga Water Board, Mr. Sione Finau, TWB Board of Directors, TWB management team - Ms. 'Elisiva Tapueluelu and Mr. Matiu as a young engineer to participate in the Young Professionals program. The number of registration participants for this year's conference was a little over 300 - considerably more than previous years.

2 Elisiva and other participants

This year's theme was "Water Supply in a Changing Environment" which directly recognizes the increasing threats of climate variability, climate change and natural disasters and its impact on safe and sustainable water and adequate sanitation for Pacific nations.

The agenda for the week-long conference began with a traditional welcoming kava ceremony on the very first day. The official opening of the 10th Pacific Water and Wastewater Conference & 3rd Pacific Water Ministers Forum was held on Tuesday 8th August, which was declared opened by the Deputy Prime Minister of Samoa, Hon. Fiame Mataafa.

3 Minister and other participants

The Ministerial Forum held straight after the opening with an aim to discuss and affirm the strategic direction and focus of the annual Pacific Water Ministers Forum as part of the regional infrastructure to better deliver on the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Deputing this year's ministerial forum, the Minister of Public Enterprises, Hon. Poasi Tei shared Tonga's respective progress highlighting the Common Utilities Sector whereby Power, Water and Waste are combined as one segment going forwarding. Hon. Minister Tei remarked on the implementation of joint venture for smart metering of Power and Water, which is scheduled to be completed by mid-next year.

PWWA confirmed that Noumea will host next year's conference, the 10th Pacific Water Conference, 4th Pacific Power, Wastewater Association (PWWA) Ministerial Forum.

 

Source: Tonga Power Limited

Tonga's Hon. Minister for Public Enterprises leads Tonga's Delegation at the 26th Pacific Power Association (PPA) Conference

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The Hon. Minister for Public Enterprises, Hon Poasi Mataele Tei, leads a delegation of 10 members to attend this year's 26th Annual PPA Conference hosted by Samoa Electric Power Corporation for the second time, which was held at the Sheraton Aggie Greys Hotel in Apia, from 31st July - 04th August 2017.

The Tonga delegation consisted of Government officials, Utilities Board of Directors, CEO and management of Tonga Power Limited. The delegation also included CEO of Public Enterprises - Mr. Sione 'Akau'ola, CEO of Tonga Power Limited - Mr. Robert Matthews, members of the Tonga Power Limited's Board of Directors and the Board Common Secretariat Cassandra Vaea together with three engineers from Tonga Power Limited - Mr. Finau Katoanga, Mr. Samisoni Fatai and Mr. Viliami Palaki.

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Each year, the conference gains more participants and offered delegates a combination of speeches, donor showcase sessions, technical presentations, Utility Board Members workshop and the Trade Exhibition of products and services by Allied Members. In this year's conference, there were 250 participants from all over the Pacific attending the six-day conference. They discussed issues around challenges of affordable electricity; energy storage; maintenance of hybrid power generator systems and so forth.

The 26th Annual Pacific Power Association and Trade Exhibition was officially opened on Tuesday 01st August 2017 by the Hon. Minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, the theme was "Affordable Electricity for All".

Prime Minister of Samoa

PPA is an inter-governmental agency and member of the Council of Regional Organizations in the Pacific (CROP) committed to promote the direct cooperation of the Pacific island power utilities in technical training, exchange of information, sharing of senior management and engineering expertise and other activities of benefit to the members. The CEO for Tonga Power Limited, Mr. Robert Matthews is a member of the PPA Board of Directors.

Poasi and participants from other countries

The PPA Secretariat confirmed that Palau will be hosting next year's conference, which is the 27th Annual PPA conference.

 

Source: Tonga Power Limited

 

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