Independent power grid planned for Yangoru

Discussions for an independent power grid in Yangoru-Saussia District are underway.

Local MP and Minister for National Planning and Monitoring, Richard Maru, says discussions are being held with PNG Power.

He announced this during his visit to the District last week.

Minister Maru said discussions have already begun at the possibility of his district having its own power grid.

He said currently, major agricultural projects are being planned for the District however, a reliable power supply was needed.

“We have spoken to PNG Power to look at an independent power grid for Yangoru-Saussia district so we don’t depend on Maprik or Wewak.”

Minister Maru also announced the rural electrification program for the district with funding already made available.

Meanwhile, plans are in progress to have a permanent office for PNG Power in the district.

“PNG power has been here to look at the land we have allocated at Yangoru Station and they are currently looking at costing where they will have a workshop, workers, service and retail shops as well.”

Cedric Patjole