REVIEW OF UTILITIES SERVICE PROVISION

In response to the Saint Helena Audit Service Performance Audit Reports and the Legislative Council Resolution, the St Helena Government has commissioned a full review of the utilities service provision by Connect Saint Helena Ltd.

The review will focus on a number of areas including:

The level of efficiency and productivity in terms of reducing operating costs and improving services

The progress made towards the elimination of the SHG operating subsidy and publicly funded capital investment during the ten year licence period

Whether continuous improvement is being delivered to consumers in terms of service performance and cost efficiency including identifying specific cost reduction measures or operational efficiencies which could be made in the future

The review will also consider and report on the impacts of the renewable energy project on the cost, service provision, and business as a whole.

SHG has procured the services of 'BDO International Projects Group' and a review team of two, headed by Malcolm Summerfield, will be arriving on Island tomorrow, Saturday, 2 February 2019.

Malcolm is a world renowned economist and specialist in small Island states. He has extensive experience in utilities pricing and analysis as well as regulation and performance. He is also familiar with the utilities sector in St Helena having previously worked on a utilities pricing review for SHG in 2011 and 2013.

Source: St Helena Government

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