Electricity

Over 1,500MW needed in next decade: Minister

This demand will come off the back of the PNG Government’s rural electrification program and upcoming major resource projects and industries.

Minister for Energy, Sam Basil, said this at the 3rd Petroleum and Energy Summit in Port Moresby.

Minister Basil said currently there are 600+ megawatts of electricity in use, excluding standalone generators.

He said studies show that another 300 megawatts is needed to ensure sufficient power is generated to meet the 70 percent electricity access to households by 2030.

Easipay system back online

The Easipay system was shut down on Saturday (June 30) in order for the prepayment system to be upgraded to a newer, improved version.  

In a statement, PPL said: “The shutdown enabled the PNG Power ICT and Customer Services teams to ensure data from the old version was merged into the new setup.

“As of 11am on Sunday, the PNG Power Customer Service offices nationwide were vending Easipay. The Vision City vending site in Port Moresby was the first to go online and vend.

Electricity for SHP school

The Mineral Resources Development Company-initiated program, under its community initiative program, will see the official commissioning of a genset today by MRDC Managing Director, Augustine Mano.

Kagua Secondary School has had no proper electricity supply for more than 20 years.

All classrooms, administration office, teachers’ houses, dormitories the library will now have power while students will be able to have night studies in the comfort of their rooms, classrooms or library.

Only 13pc access electricity

Minister for Energy, Sam Basil, told delegates at the 2nd Petroleum and Energy Summit in Port Moresby that the big challenge now for the Government is to mobilise and focus on national targets.

Minister Basil said the Government’s two main targets are:

Gas-powered project to be constructed

The announcement was made by Minister for Public Enterprises and State Investments, William Duma, on Friday (Nov 10) during the ground-breaking ceremony of the Kilakila substation in Port Moresby.

He said the project will be constructed by an independent power producer (IPP), NiuPower Limited, a joint venture company owned by Oil Search Ltd and Kumul Petroleum Holdings Ltd.

“The electricity will be sold to PNG Power Ltd (PPL) under a power purchase agreement between PPL and NiuPower.”

Proposal for solar electricity at UPNG

The Climate Change and Development Authority (CCDA) and accredited entity to the GCF, Asian Development Bank are developing the proposal.

The project proposal includes solar electricity production for buildings and for electric vehicles.

CCDA/ADB consultant Dennis Fenton says they could have enough solar power to provide electricity for the whole university and have electric vehicles in the university.

It is a self-contained project with availability of land and the partners are clearly identifiable.

Vanimo still on power load shedding

PPL in a statement said that the load shedding will continue for an indefinite period until the two out of service generators are fixed. 

Electricity for Vanimo is generated and supplied by two PPL generators and a leased generator from Aggreko.

“One of the PPL generators has a major technical fault and is undergoing maintenance.

“The leased generator from Aggreko had a technical fault and will be removed from Vanimo.

Kandep to get K10m power boost, says Polye

“Officials from a consultant company were sent to Kandep today (Friday 3, July 2) to do a feasibility study on this project,” said Mr Polye when presenting his district’s DSIP acquittal report to the Department of Rural Implementation.

He said when the study is completed, the Yonki power grid would be pulled along the newly sealed Kandep-Mendi highway from the Southern Highlands to his district.