Luganville hydro power source land owners demand full acquisition payment of VT120 million from the government

Santo Hydropower Station harnesses water from Butvi's abundant sources. Photo: File

The customary landowners of Butvi Land at Canal Fanafo in Santo where the Luganville hydro plant is installed are threatening to deploy the site for international and private companies’ investment if the Government fails to complete its acquisition payment, which is a total of VT120 million.

The landowners claim that the Butvi Land contains more than 325 water tributaries. 27 of these have been acquired by the government since 2017, and had been the main water supplier for Luganville Hydropower station and Sarakata River.

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