New Weather Centre at Laucala Bay
The Fiji Meteorological Services is again breaking new grounds.
The Minister of Public Utilities, Works and Transport Colonel Timoci Lesi Natuva this morning officiated the ground breaking ceremony of the new Laucala Bay Metrological Services Centre.
The building will cost $3.6 million and should be completed in 2 years time. Fortech Construction Company is being contracted by government to build the new weather centre.
The minister said that since the Metrological Services in Nadi was recognized in 2005 by the World Meteorological Services as a Regional Specialize Meteorological Centre (RSMC) forecasting in the South West Pacific Area, the new centre at Laucala Bay is another milestone for Fiji.
In 2005 the new and current Meteorological Services in Nadi was established after being regarded by the World Meteorological Services as a Regional Specialise Meteorological Centre (RSMC) forecasting in the South West Pacific Area. This specifically means that we will give the first warning for the greater Pacific area.
“The new centre will be equipped with modern weather equipment and IT facilities to demand in weather and climate information around the country,” Colonel Natuva said.
He said the new centre’s role as a backup for the Nadi office is vital.
“A crucial role the centre will play is to supplement the backup operation of the National Weather forecasting centre in Nadi for the whole of Fiji,” Colonel Natuva said.
Colonel Natuva said that the new complex will also be the main Aviation Disaster Recovery Centre for the country.
"The Fiji Meteorological Services contributes substantially to the protection of life and property against natural disaster and safe guarding the environment and social well being of all sectors of our country," he said.
Director Meteorological Services Mr Alipate Waqaicelua said the new centre signifies that Fiji is getting in line with the International framework on climate change affecting the whole world today.
Mr Waqaicelua said the old Laucala Bay weather office was constructed in 1942 and completed in 1943 while the Fiji Meteorological Services was established in 1940 by Lt. W.R Dyer of New Zealand.