PNG Power Limited

Former Acting MD in court

Magistrate Paul Nill read out the four charges leveled against her and adjourned the matter to October 8th.

According to Police, the 48-year-old Australian was charged with conspiracy, forgery, false pretense and the misappropriation of K1, 768, 448.25; money belonging to PNG Power Limited.

The court heard that she had allegedly conspired with Peter Nupiri, former Chairman of PNG Power Limited, to fabricate her Contract of Employment between August 2018 and August 2019.

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.

O’Neill Defends Blacklock

O’Neill further claimed that Blacklock’s arrest was ‘silly and unnecessary’ intimidation of innocent professional by Police and the Minister for Justice who has now become the complainant even though he is not a party to the employment contract. 

He further explained that the parties including PNG Power Board and employee Carolyn Blacklock have signed after consent from shareholder Kumul Consolidated Holdings and approval by the National Executive Council of the acting appointment. 

PPL Responds to Realignment Concerns

The realignments are being implemented by PPL through its Refocus Initiative

PPL Managing Director, Flagon Brekker said the PNGEWA’s expressed fears are groundless.

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 callcentre@pngpower.com.pg

 

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.