PNG Power Ltd (PPL)

Nupiri Requested For Interview

Commissioner Manning’s request follows Nupiri’s press statement refuting the allegation that in August 2018, he did conspire with Blacklock, PPL’s former acting Managing Director, to fabricate her contract of employment, giving effect to her being paid K1.7 million in back pay between December 2017 and August 2019.

PPL affected, power woes noted

The Independent Consumer and Competition Commission (ICCC) listed these reasons after acknowledging the electricity supply issues that are impacting all customer categories and businesses in Lae, Morobe Province.

ICCC Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer, Paulus Ain, said the ICCC noted a few issues that have certainly affected PPL’s performance and thus, the reliability of electricity supply around the country.

Some of these notable issues include:

WNB hydropower station back online

PNG Power contractor from New Zealand, Vortex, recently successfully completed the project.

Present to commission the power plant was Minister for State Enterprise, Sasindran Muthuvel, West New Britain Governor, Francis Galia Maneke with PNG Power Board Chairman, Peter Nupiri.

The Ru Creek rehabilitation project is part of the town electrification investment program tranche 1, with additional funding by the Asian Development Bank.

PPL makim nupela Ekting CEO

PNG Power Bod ov Dairekta i holim wanpela spesel miting long Oges 30th long makim Ekting Sif Ekseketiv Opisa bihain long Carolyn Blacklock i tokaut long lusim wok bilong en.

Bod Siaman Peter Nupiri i tok tenk yu long gutpela wok bilong Blacklock wantaim PNG Power insait long 18 mun em i bin wok na i tok moa olsem em i save long wanem as Blacklock i mekim disisen long risain.

Bod i tok tenk yu long Blacklock long gutpela wok bilong en long stretim ol hevi na kamapim Rifom Asenda bilong PNG Power, wantaim Plen bilong Pawa i we i gat liklik kost.

PPL appoints new acting CEO

PNG Power Board of Directors held a special meeting on August 30th to formally put in place an Acting Chief Executive Officer following the announcement by Carolyn Blacklock to step down as the acting Managing Director of PNG Power.

In a statement, Board Chairman Peter Nupiri acknowledged Blacklock’s invaluable contribution to PNG Power over the past 18 months, saying he understood the circumstances leading to her decision to step down and accepted her resignation.

Power projects stalled

PNG Power Ltd (PPL) acting CEO, Alex Oa, says the projects for Kavieng in New Ireland Province and Alotau, Milne Bay Province, have been stalled while the land issue is addressed.

The Asian Development Bank-supported project aims to harness solar generated power for use in the districts.

Oa said while those are pending, they have received interest from the East New Britain Province for a similar project.

K3.5m to light up Girua Airport

Richard Maru, Minister for National Planning & Monitoring, on behalf of the Government today gave the funds.

This effort by the Government complements the K45 million investment by the National Airports Corporation in upgrading Girua Airport in the Northern Province.

This support is to make Girua, which is the only airport in the country with no power connection to the PNG Power grid, to see the light of day.

The government is funding the 15 kilometre powerline from Popondetta to Girua Airport to the tune of K3.5 million.

PPL begins 2017 apprentice and trainee enrolment process

A total of 991 successful applicants around the country sat for their entry tests in the different trades of electrical fitter, diesel mechanic, machine fitter machinist, lines, power station operator, meter technician and electrical inspector. Applicants in other centres did their tests at the respective PPL offices.

At the PPL Training College at Hohola, Port Moresby, 531 young men and women turned up early this morning to do their tests with the hope to join the workforce sometimes in the future.

Manus gets Easipay system

In a statement, PPL said: “This conversion gives Manus customers full purchasing power and puts an end to credit meter billing issues many customers have faced for decades.

“The Easipay conversion project in Manus began on 19 September and PPL will ensure all customers are converted to Easipay.”

As of 28 September, 90 customers have been converted and now have Easipay meters installed in their homes, reveals PPL.

“Manus have nearly 1,295 customers and PPL is looking at installing Easipay meters for all.

PPL gives K10,000 for auditors’ annual conference

As part of its community service obligation in supporting human resource development in PNG, PPL presented the cheque to IIA board secretary, Ms Polin Mae, at the PPL National Office last week.

“I’d like to thank PNG Power Ltd for coming to our aid at a time when PNG is going through some struggles financially,” Mae said.

“We’re very happy that you are able to sponsor us so we could have a fruitful conference this year.”