Fiji’s Infrastructure and Transport PS impressed with USP Biofuel lab
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The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport Mr Paul Bayly (second from right) with Acting Director IAS, Dr Johann Poinapen (third from right) with the Department of Energy officials at the USP Lower Campus Conference Room.
Fiji’s Infrastructure and Transport Permanent Secretary, Mr Paul Bayly, toured The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Institute of Applied Sciences (IAS) biofuel laboratory on 30 March 2016.
The Biofuel Laboratory funded by the World Bank through the Fijian Government’s Department of Energy Biofuel Project involves the establishment of a testing facility for the development and accreditation of biofuel tests.
Accompanied by senior government officials from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, Mr Bayly was shown the range of equipment used for biofuel analysis at the IAS laboratory and was briefed on the progress of the project.
Commencing in 2012 and with Phases 1 and 2 completed, Phase 3 of the project began in 2016 with an additional FJ$700,000, for the development of bioethanol tests and accreditation of the remaining bio-diesel tests.
Pleased with the achievements of the project, Mr Bayly said Fiji is well placed to lead the region in biofuel production aided now by the availability of a testing facility and technical expertise provided by IAS-USP for determining the quality of biofuel.
The next step Mr Bayly added would be for the Fijian Government to establish policies that will encourage overseas investors in the biofuel industry.
In that respect, Mr Bayly has requested the assistance of IAS to work with other stakeholders in the development of the National Biofuel Policy.
Acting Director of IAS, Dr Johann Poinapen thanked Mr Bayly for his Ministry’s support and reiterated USP’s commitment to further collaborate with the Fijian Government, in its quest to promote the use of renewable energy in the country and the region.
Dr Poinapen also shared that with this project and the establishment of the accredited biofuel laboratory capacity is being built at many levels in both organisations and that the region is gradually progressing towards the vision of sustainable energy.
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