PPL must phase out diesel, says PM

Prime Minister James Marape said this during the recent launching of the NiuPower Plant outside Port Moresby.

“By this time next year, PNG Power would have phased out high cost of diesel fuel run generators. I want power to be run off hydro and gas next year,” said Marape.

Marape said the Government’s goal was to reduce the cost of power by 50 percent.

New gas fired station heralds new era for PNG

The 58MW Port Moresby Power Station is PNG’s first dedicated grid-connected gas-fired power plant and is located near the PNG LNG project plant site.

The NiuPower plant is comprised of six high efficiency reciprocating gas engines ensuring high thermal efficiency, less fuel, lower costs and reduced emissions.

Importantly, gas fired power is highly flexible and responsive to changes in demand.

For example, the NiuPower plant can efficiently deliver any level of power dispatch from 6MW to 58MW to match consumer demand through daily peaks and troughs.


NiuPower prepares for commissioning

NiuPower’s CEO, Richard Robinson, said PPL had advised that the power station would save around K100 million annually. It will also reduce the adverse environmental impacts of power generation for Port Moresby.

Robinson said NiuPower is currently around 65 percent complete with the commissioning and testing program happening in parallel with finalisation of non-critical works like fencing, drainage and gravelling.

“We expect to be in a position to provide power to PNG Power Limited on a commercial basis around the end of March this year,” Robinson stated.

NiuPower Plant 80pc complete

This was revealed following a site visit by NiuPower Joint Venture owners Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited and Oil Search limited.

Deputy Prime Minister, Charles Abel, was also on the tour.

NiuPower Project Director, Michael Krause, said the project is 80% complete and will handed over early next year.

“The plant will be handed over to NiuPpwer’s ownership in the first quarter of next year and then be available to provide reliable low cost, clean energy, to the grid for the Port Moresby business sector and the public,” he said.