14 September 2011. The World Bank will send an Energy Sector Mission team to Tonga from September 20 - 23, 2011, to advance the preparation of the proposed WB and PRIF-supported Tonga Energy Roadmap Implementation Project.
The objectives of the mission are to: (i) agree on the scope and implementation arrangements for the proposed project; and (ii) work with TERM IU to initiate work on the social and environmental aspects of the project.
The World Bank team would be led by Wendy Hughes (Senior Energy Specialist). Other mission members would be Mr. Tendai Gregan (energy specialist focusing on the petroleum supply chain study), Mr. Martin Swales (engineer / financial analyst), Mr. Paul Fulton (renewable energy and grid integration specialist), Ms. Pene Ferguson (environmental specialist), and Mr. Wolfgang Mostert (renewable energy financing specialist). Mr. Swales and Mr. Fulton will arrive in Tonga on September 14 and 17 respectively, for pre-mission technical discussions with TPL.
Mr. Mark Fogarty, Director of REEEP (Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership) will be in Tonga at the same time and would join the mission team.
During the mission, the team will meet with representatives from the Government, including Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Lands and Environment, Ministry of Public Enterprises, the TERM IU Interim Director - Mrs. ‘Emeline Tuita and team, and TPL Senior Management. The team would also meet with representatives of all Government agencies with responsibilities in various aspects of the petroleum regulation and supply chain, to discuss the way forward regarding the recommendations of the petroleum studies completed last year. The team also plans to meet with representatives of other development partners, civil society and private sector to discuss the proposed project objectives and scope.
Issued by the: Prime Minister's Office, Nuku'alofa, 2011.