I. GRANT FUNDING from JAPAN INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION AGENCY (JICA) for the KOSRAE STATE POWER IMPROVEMENT PROJECT
1.1 Tenders for the project were submitted in Tokyo, Japan and after evaluation of the offer the project was awarded to NBK Corporation from Tokyo, Japan.
1.2 Project Kick Off meeting between Yachiyo Engineering, NBK Corporation, Toshiba Corporation, KUA and Kosrae State Government was held Dec. 7, 2016. Matters concerning the responsibilities of the concerned parties involved in the project was taken up and clarified. Issues on tax exemptions, works schedule, materials storage, immigration permits and banking arrangements were taken up by the group.
1.3 Site inspections was conducted by the winning contractor(NBK) and works sub-contractor (Toshiba Corp.) on the power plant, (water and sewer facilities, power lines take off points, fuel distribution scheme,) and the Lelu Island and Okat overhead and underground power cables respectively.
1.4 Tree cutting operations on Lelu Island was commenced by the KUA crew in preparation for the distribution works upgrade to be done at the area.
1.5 Proposed site for contractor’s field office and employee housing were identified and surveyed.
1.6 Preparation of detailed works plan and graphical schedule based on the final construction schedule of the contractor, NBK Corporation.
II. WORLD BANK FUNDED GENERATOR UNIT and OTHER EQUIPMENT
II.1 All required specifications, layouts, Terms of Reference (TOR), clarifications and technical data were forwarded to the World Bank Consultant to be incorporated into the Bidding package to be issued for the procurement of one (1) 600 KW, 4.16 KV, 3 Phase Generator.
II.2 Provided the specifications for the LED Street Lighting units to be procured under the World Bank Grant.
II.3 Coordinated with the World Bank Consultant on the specifications for one (1) unit of 500 KVA, 3 phase pad mounted transformer to be installed at Okat dock. The transformer will be procured under the World Bank Grant.
II.4 Submitted the justifications and specifications of one (1) unit Lineman’s Bucket Truck for procurement under World Bank Grant.
II.5 Procurement of the generator and other equipment is expected to be done during the early part of Year 2017.
III.PROJECT CONTROL DOCUMENTS (PCD) FOR THE PROPOSED LINE EXTENSION PROJECTS AT MALEM INNER ROAD (Kiaka to Fintakol) and OKAT / MELO ROAD
III.1 Preparation of documents for submission to FSM National Government in connection with the proposed line extension projects in MALEM & TAFUNSAK.
III.2 Documents completed for the project as follow:
Pole Construction Drawings
Operation and Maintenance Plans
III.3 Estimated costs of the projects:
Malem Inner Road : $ 70,000.00
Okat Melo Road : $ 105,000.00
III.4 New Project Control Documents for Power Line Extension at Finfokoa, Malem as well as for the partial rehabilitation of the Utwa Walung Power line is being prepared. Funding for these undertakings are to be provided from Kosrae State Infrastructure Projects covered under S.L. no. 11-85 (P.L. 19-95).
III.5 Allocated Funding for the projects :
Finfokoa Power Line Extension: $ 50,000.00
Utwa – Walung Power Line Reinstallation: $ 85,000.00
IV. GREEN CLIMATE FUND / ADB GRANT FOR ENERGY SECTOR
KUA submitted to Asian Development Bank/Green Climate Fund (GCF) the concept notes for Climate Fund for possible funding of renewable energy projects and coastal road power line installation projects for Kosrae. Initial amount proposed to GCF/ADB amounts to $ 15 Million. Approval on the request is being awaited at present.
V. KOSRAE STATE HOSPITAL CONSTRUCTION PROJECT
Conducted plan review on the proposed Construction plan for the new Kosrae State Hospital Building. New hospital building would require installation of several new power poles to divert the existing power lines to the hospital. KUA to submit cost proposal to the State. As discussed with the Kosrae State Project Management Office (PMO), this activity as well as live works in connections and terminations of the high voltage side will be KUA’s responsibility. Electrical Plans for the temporary facilities for the Public Health Building and the temporary Dental Treatment facilities were also submitted and reviewed at KUA.
VI. WORKSHOPS ATTENDED
VI.1. E-Waste Workshop, held at the Governor’s Building on Nov. 10, 2016. Workshop on the dangers posed on the environment by electronic wastes ( appliances, TV’s, computers, cellfones, batteries, medical equipment and the like)
VI.2. Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) Workshop, held at Governor’s Bldg. on Dec. 12 to 14, 2016.
VI.3. Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) Workshop, held at Governor’s Conference Room, on December 15, 2016.