A Kordia ‘safety-first’ build for 120m radio transmission tower in Samoa
When you live in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, radio communications are the most important form of technology, especially during natural disasters.
In 1990, when Cyclone Ofa hit the island of Samoa, its radio transmission failed, and the country struggled desperately for four days. The mast and radio transmission tower was rebuilt at the time, and in August 2018, our CEO Hamish Guild was proud to join a prestigious line up including Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, and Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi at a ceremony to announce the $4.18M funding of a new radio transmission tower for SBC Radio 1 (formerly Radio 2AP)through Australian aid.
As the only AM and government-operated radio station in Samoa, SBC Radio 1 is the mandated broadcaster during emergencies. The station has nation-wide coverage that extends to the Tokelau Islands and the United States Territory of American Samoa.
It’s time to upgrade the tower to 21st century technology to ensure SBC Radio can continue to play its critical role and allow its listeners to make informed decisions to plan and respond to a disaster, to keep their families safe.
Through climate-risk mitigation, the project aims to improve the climate resilience of the transmission infrastructure to ensure longevity. These measures include raising the platform of the mast so that it sits above tidal surges and ensuring critical infrastructure can withstand cyclonic winds.
ABC International Development (ABCID) manages this project under its PACMAS program, drawing on ABC and regional broadcast skills.
ABCID is partnering with NZ engineering and broadcast transmission firm Kordia, as well as Samoan businesses, to take down the old mast, install temporary transmission while the project is underway, build and erect a new mast and ensure associated infrastructure is functional.
This project is due for completion by July 2019. It is hoped that the new tower will provide 25 years of service to Samoans.
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