Carolyn Blacklock

Blacklock to appear in court on Sept 8th

Prosecutor taking carriage of the case, Sergeant Christian Iga informed this newsroom today.

The 48-year-old woman from Australia was charged on Monday 30th of August in Port Moresby for conspiracy, forgery and false pretense in relation to a “purported” employment contract in 2018.

She is also alleged to have misappropriated over K1.7 million between August 2018 and August 2019, in her capacity as the Acting Managing Director for PNG Power Limited.

Blacklock is currently out on a K3,000 police bail.

Nupiri Refutes Allegations

Mr Nupiri says he has no comments to make in relation to the recent arrest and charging of Ms Blacklock as the matter might now be before the Committal Court, suffice to state at the outset that he denies any wrongdoing against the interest of PNG Power and the State. 

Over K90m in PPL contracts

The contracts were co-signed by AG Investments and Dongfang Electric International Corporation.

The projects cost around US$30 million (K98m) and fall under the Town Electrification Investment Program Tranche 2 Project funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

PPL acting managing director, Carolyn Blacklock, said the maintenance works were crucial to ensure PNG achieves its targets of less-cost power generation.

She said while there are many discussions on other forms of power generation, what they should focus on is rehabilitating existing assets.

Quality power supply for APEC: PPL

Acting Managing Director Carolyn Blacklock reaffirmed that the Port Moresby transmission and distribution teams were working hard for quality supply and are ready for APEC.

Manager Pom Transmission, Jeffrey Agona, is a veteran employee of over 36 years’ experience in both the Ramu and POM grids. He explained the important role substations in particular have in providing quality power supply to customers and the initiatives underway to polish up the substations prior to APEC.

PPL, ADB work on K2.1bn facility

The financing will underpin network investment and hydro power upgrades.

PPL Acting Managing Director, Carolyn Blacklock, announced this during the PNG Investment Conference in Brisbane recently.

During her presentation, Blacklock announced the current plans with the ADB.

Blacklock said PPL has bold and aggressive plans that are focused on two areas:

  1. Reduce tariff to around half of current levels, in the next 5 to 10 years;
  2. Increase electrification to around 70 percent of population.

To achieve this, a new business model is needed.

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 installs generator for Wabag

PNG Power acting Managing Director, Ms Carolyn Blacklock, and Enga Governor Sir Peter Ipatas, commissioned the generator on 22 April 2018.

Customers in Wabag are connected to the Ramu Grid supplied by the Ramu Hydro power station at Yonki. When there is a transmission or distribution line fault along the Okuk Highway, it affects the supply to Wabag.

However, this standby generator will quickly restore supply in such situations and continue to supply power to Wabag customers.