Morobe province

28 apprehended after attack on family

The incident happened on Saturday, 16th of March, at about 10am.

A group of men loaded onto a PMV truck went to a village at Situm and attacked a family, damaging their property and wounding some of the family members.

A member of the public in the area called the Police Emergency Toll Free number, where Tent City Police responded by going to the location.

Police managed to stop the truck as it was heading back after the attack on the family.

Wafi-Golpu Project resumes after protest

Exploration activities were suspended on January 12 following an illegal protest by around 100 people.

The protestors threatened to enter the exploration camp unless it was evacuated and all work activities were immediately stopped.

Executive Project Director, Bryan Bailie, stressed that safety of its personnel is paramount and Wafi-Golpu Joint Venture will not put them at risk.

All non-essential personnel were evacuated as a precautionary measure.

Markham LOs question Govt

Both parties signed the power purchasing agreement in 2015 followed by the recent issuing of the generation licence.

Under this agreement, the Government agreed to bring 30 megawatts of biomass energy to the Ramu grid however, that is yet to eventuate.

Landowners claim the government’s proposal for a coal-fired power generation is the reason for the delay.

The landowners are in Port Moresby at the moment to pursue their concerns with the Minister for Energy, Sam Basil, and Minister for Treasury, Charles Abel.

Two new industrial parks for Morobe

The Orognaron ILG of Gabsonkec Village and Mopong Business Group of Yalu village, located along the outskirts of Lae City, have been identified for the projects.

Commerce Minister Wera Mori, accompanied by investor managing director of Eco Synergy Limited, Raymond Tee, ICDC officials and landowner spokesperson Kelly Naru, visited the two groups yesterday.

During the site inspection, Minister Mori said it was beneficial for the country to have more industrial parks in the country that can attract large scale projects investors to do business that will boost the economy.

Largest, complex underground PNG mine

The team from Wafi-Golpu yesterday presented the feasibility study update to Deputy Prime Minister Charles Abel and Mining Minister Johnson Tuke in Port Moresby.

The update will form part of a revised proposal for development in support of the Special Mining Lease application, which was also submitted to the Mineral Resources Authority (MRA) in Port Moresby the same day (March 20).

Reminder for eligible voters in Morobe

Morobe Province Election Manager, Simon Soheke, early last month had hoped to receive the working roll from the PNG Electoral Commission headquarters to send to wards to update names of eligible voters, but that has not happened.

He said they are using the 2017 National General Election roll to update the roll for the LLG elections.

The delay will affect their plans but Soheke says work must go on.

Trukai project on target

In a statement the company said it has made steady progress since 2015 to deliver the project.

In August 2017, Trukai announced that it was working with a local land group in the Markham valley, Morobe Province, to grow over 500 hectares of rain-fed rice.

Rice development manager, Humphrey Saese, said significant progress has been made to establish a long-term lease of land for the expansion while additional opportunities for the establishment of irrigated production are also being assessed.

62yo sentenced for sexual assault

The man was 60 years old on 26 June 2016 when he sexually assaulted an 11-year-old girl in Lae, Morobe Province.

He committed the act in the kitchen of his family home.

He pleaded guilty to one count of sexual penetration at the Lae National Court and was sentenced to 10 years in hard labour.

Five years of that sentence were suspended due to his age.

He was on bail prior to being sentenced by the court. That bail was forfeited and he will now serve a remaining balance of five years in jail.

15 years for manslaughter in Lae

The Lae National Court sentenced Hanson Yatzat after he admitted to stabbing Moses David in the chest on 3 March 2017, which resulted in his death.

The incident took place at the Madang block in Poaba in Lae between 6 and 7pm.

Yatzat was at a black market that evening when the deceased, who was under the influence of alcohol, approached him, hugged him and asked for a cigarette.

Annoyed with him, he pushed the deceased away after he asked for a cigarette.

PNG Biomass project taking shape

Basically the project aims to create electricity out of steam from wood.

On Tuesday the company released a snapshot of what its power generation plant will look like.

“The power plant’s generation capacity will be provided by two 15 megawatt electric (MWe) power plant units, comprised of 2x18 MW steam boilers and 2x18 MW steam turbines.

“Each 18MW boiler unit will be about 34 metres tall and will use stoker-grate technology, which is a robust design suitable for PNG conditions,” said OSL.