PNG Power Limited

Duma responds to coal power project

Minister for State Owned Enterprises, William Duma, said this in a statement in response to recent comments made in the media by several national leaders in support of the coal fired power project in Morobe Province by Mayur Resources.

“PPL is reviewing its Power Plan for the Ramu Grid and investigating various types of power generation sources, including coal, to determine the least cost power generation solution that best meets the demand of current and future Ramu Grid customers and takes into account development such as Wafi-Golpu mine,” he said.

No tariff on power: PPL

In a statement issued on Monday, PPL Acting Managing Director, Carolyn Blacklock, says there is no change, as established by the Independent Competition and Consumer Commission (ICCC).

However, customers are advised to contact PPL should they identify any irregularity upon purchase of their Easipay via the National Call Centre on 70908000 or 75008000, or email


PPL aims for 30,000 connections

Acting Managing Director, Carolyn Blacklock, said this represents around 240,000 people.

She announced this during the MOU signing of a power project for Tambul-Nebilyer.

Blacklock said in the past, PPL have not been good implementers. However, this year she said they have done 10 times better than previous years.

Next year PPL is aiming for 30,000 connections at 8 people per connection, amounting to 240,000 people.

Lower cost, reliable power for outer centres

PNG Power’s Director Strategic Planning and Business Development, Bruce Corbet, signed the agreement with IFC’s Vice President for Asia and the Pacific Nena Stoiljovi, on Tuesday.

Under the agreement, the two organisations will identify ways to stimulate private investment and expertise to boost power generation, including through greater use of renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, biomass and gas.

PPL board members sworn in

The board chairman and its directors have a mammoth task ahead and that is to drive revenue and bring in dividends, a responsibility the power companies lack time and again.

Peter Nupiri was sworn in as the chairman along with directors Maureen Mori and Carolyn Blacklock, who is also the company’s acting managing director.

Kumul Consolidated Holdings Limited chairman, Paul Nerau, wasted no time in reminding Nupiri and his counterparts of their mandated tasks.

PPL to ensure revenue generation

This is by ensuring that there are customers who are actually paying for the service.

PPL acting CEO, Alex Oa, says with a PPA it must ensure that all its electricity is sold.

The state entity currently has a PPA with Oil Search for the biomass fuel project in Markham, Morobe Province, to supply the Ramu power grid with 30 megawatts of renewable, biomass-fired power.

Oa says they working to ensure there is a revenue base for them.

Diesel too costly for PPL

Acting CEO, Alex Oa, revealed this on Thursday.

He said moving away from diesel was one of the main objectives of PPL by looking at alternative power sources.

Oa said PPL is currently looking into power generation sources which are cheap and quick to deliver.

This is because diesel engine power generators are costing the state entity revenue.

He said for many of the proposed power generation projects, PPL is prioritising alternative means.

PPL to carry out leakage test

The power supplier announced this in a public notice. 

The test will include applying a yellow dye into the Sirinumu Dam face to identify possible water leakage to the other side of the Dam face. 

As a result of this dye, PNG power said some parts of the downstream water might turn into a yellow colour.

The call centre advised that this may be experienced only by those living closer to the dam.

But they have clarified that this yellow dye is a food dye and is safe.

“It is not poisonous in any way to the environment and habitat.”

​PNG Power corrects media reports

“PNG Power is carrying out several projects to improve the reliability and efficiency of electricity supply to its customers and it is important that the correct information is relayed to our valued customers,” says board chairman Andrew Ogil.

Firstly, an article in one of the dailies mentioned yesterday that Boroko and Gerehu substations were saturated so the Kilakila substation would relieve the pressure.

Geothermal energy found on Karkar Island

This was announced by Member for Sumkar Ken Fairweather in Parliament on Friday.

Fairweather asked if PNG Power can travel to the Island to investigate if the geothermal energy can be used for electricity.

Geothermal energy is the heat from the Earth and it's clean and sustainable.

Fairweather said Karkar Island has the perfect scenario for geothermal production of electricity which is very cheap and clean form of electricity.