The following information was released by the Asian Development Bank (ADB):
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved grants amounting to $7.2 million to help fund the Nuku'alofa Network Upgrade Project which will enable the Government of Tonga to reduce climate vulnerability and technical power losses in the capital's electricity network.
The grants come from the Pacific Renewable Energy Investment Facility which finances renewable energy projects in 11 small Pacific developing countries.
"This project will upgrade the aged and inefficient electricity network in Tonga's capital to overcome the effects of extreme weather and disasters," said ADB Principal Energy Specialist for the Pacific Woo Yul Lee. "The project will focus on climate change adaptation and building back better from damage caused by the volcanic eruption and tsunami in January 2022."
The project will rehabilitate 16.5 kilometers of the medium-voltage transmission network, upgrade 50 kilometers of the low-voltage distribution network in seven villages, climate- and disaster-proof the Nuku'alofa electricity network and connect 59 new households to the grid.
The project will also enhance gender inclusiveness of Tonga Power Limited (TPL) by providing project management support and conducting technical and community safety training targeting female customers in the project area. Gender-mainstreaming guidelines will be introduced within TPL, and TPL staffincluding at least 30% womenwill receive project management training.
ADB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. Established in 1966, it is owned by 68 members49 from the region.