Grant Aid to East Timor for the Project for Rehabilitation of Power Supply in Dili

July 9, 2004

  1. The Government of Japan has decided to provide a grant aid of up to 528 million yen to the Government of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste for its Project for Rehabilitation of Power Supply in Dili. Notes to this effect were exchanged on July 9 (Fri) in Dili between Mr. Hideaki Asahi, Japanese Ambassador to Timor-Leste, and Mr. Olimpio Miranda Branco, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Timor-Leste.

  2. In East Timor, 70% of the facilities that served as the social infrastructure were destroyed by subversive activities during the turmoil in 1999. East Timor was under the UN transitional rule before it finally became independent on May 20, 2002, and the nation is now run with support from the international community.

    As a first step measure, in FY2000, Japan extended emergency grant aid for the Rehabilitation and Maintenance of the Output Capacity of Komoro Power Station (of UNDP), the only power station available in the capital Dili. Its output of electricity, however, is declining since the generator on which it is based is aging; although the total power output is officially 13.68MW, it is in fact capable of supplying only 9.0MW. To cope with such a situation, the Government of East Timor uses rolling blackouts during regular inspections for the time being, but it is feared that they will be unable to respond to the future demand for electricity, which is expected to increase.

    Under such circumstances, the Government of East Timor requested from the Government of Japan grant aid necessary to construct a new generating plant (with a 4MW output capacity) inside Komoro Power Station to increase the power output.

  3. With the implementation of the project, the annual hours of electric power stoppage in the city of Dili and part of Liquica district (with 135,000 residents) will be cut by about 120 hours from the current 1,200 hours.

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