Alotau power station shuts down amid safety concerns

PNG Power has shut down the Alotau power station due to the riot taking place between police and locals near the power station.

In a notice released today, PPL said: “Electricity supply will not be restored until the situation returns to normal and PNG Power is sure of its properties and staff safety.”

This newsroom was advised by locals on ground that tension remains high while the town is still on lockdown, and gunshots have been heard in town since yesterday evening.

“As of last night people had been burning tyres and there was a shootout at Goilanai Bridge,” Loop PNG was told.

“Coconuts were chopped down and vehicles traveling up East Cape couldn’t travel out. All of them had to overnight with relatives in town.

“And on ground now, all schools are closed, all children sent home.”

It is believed an emergency meeting by authorities has been convened whilst locals fear opportunists are mixing in with protesters in an already volatile situation.  

Frustrated locals are protesting the actions of police officers who allegedly veered off-road at Kwaini and knocked down 5 people, resulting in two deaths as of yesterday evening.

More to follow…

(Banks, schools and business houses have closed their doors amide security fears)

Carmella Gware