PNG Power Limited (PPL)

PPL Registers 900+ New Customers

The initiative is part of PNG Power’s long-term program aimed at combatting revenue leakages, and maintaining existing revue connections whilst making new ones.

Since the extension of the initiative was launched on Monday May 30, many new customers have stepped forward to register.

PPL has continuously advised all unregistered electricity consumers connected to the PNG Power grid without a meter, to go forward and register as new customers at their nearest PNG Power offices or call the toll free number 116.

PPL launches Phase Two of Amnesty Program

All Unregistered electricity consumers connected to the PNG Power grid without a meter are encouraged to go forward and register as new customers at their nearest PNG Power offices or call the toll free number 116.

The Amnesty Program is an initiative of PPL and partners, USAID-PEP. The program is part of PPL’s Revenue protection Strategy (short, medium and long-term) as part of its 3-year corporate plan aimed at combatting revenue leakages, maintaining existing revenue and growth revenue through new customers.

Investment to Boost Power Supply

The project will increase the efficiency and reliability of power generation across PPL’s remote mini-grids, serving 1.5 million people while also reducing reliance on diesel fuel and in turn lower fuel costs as well as greenhouse gas emissions. 

Despite PNG being a resource-rich nation with abundant sources of energy, access to power is very limited. 

“Access to power is one of the main development challenges facing PNG. 

ADB To Rescue PPL’s Aging Infrastructure

Minister for State Owned Enterprises, William Duma said nearly all transmission lines in the grid and equipment from the sub-stations are old and require replacements.

Minister Duma, PNG Power Board Chairman Moses Maladina and KCH Chairman, Dr. David Kavanamur met this week to find solutions to resolve the ongoing power issues.

“We have been able to source some funding with the help mainly from the Asian Development Bank and we are expecting the second tranche to come into the States account around Christmas time.

High Commissioners Visit Electrification Project

The K50 million project extends the Ramu grid into the Tsak Valley in the Wapenamanda District in Enga. The project is jointly funded by New Zealand and Australia under the five-nation PNG Electrification Partnership (PEP) and implemented by PNG Power Limited (PPL).

The project is expected to connect up to 5500 rural households, schools, health centres, government offices and businesses within 500 metres of the distribution lines along accessible roadways.

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.

Imbonggu eyes rural electrification

Minister for Higher Education, Research, Science & Technology, Pila Niningi, says what Imbonggu District Development Authority is doing is in line with the National Government Medium Term Development Strategies (MTDS) and Vision 2050 by providing infrastructure and services to the rural communities.

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.

Cutting tariff will be commercial suicide: ICCC

The Commissioner said currently, core PPL infrastructure around the country are on intensive care unit and they are unsure how a tariff reduction will improve PPL’s services.

The comments follow statements by PPL acting managing director, Carolyn Blacklock last month that a reduction to the current tariff by half would make power accessible for many.

PPL reconstructs transmission tower

The transmission tower supplies power to Lae and Madang from the Ramu 1 powerhouse at Yonki.

However, it was toppled by a severe landslide in January 18, 2018, and disrupted power supply to customers in these two main regions.

This damage has also contributed to power instability in the Ramu Grid (Highlands, Lae and Madang) and it’s an urgent reconstruction project that PPL engineers are undertaking.  

The tower is located near the source of Singsing Creek, approximately two kilometres from the main Okuk Highway and impossible to access.