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PNG quake: PNG, Aust work to restore power

Working closely with PNG Power Limited, Australia has provided up to A$400,000 (just over PGK1,000,000) for the purchase and delivery of ten 80kva transformers that are needed to restore power across parts of Hela Province and Southern Highlands Province, which have a combined population exceeding 750,000.

The transformers will see reliable power restored to some 3,500 PNG Power customers, including businesses, health clinics, schools and family homes.

Govt in no rush for permanent appointment: Duma

Minister Duma said while the NEC has announced for the position to be advertised, they are also monitoring the performance of the current managing director, Carolyn Blacklock.

He said any appointment will be made on merit and they will be considering all the best candidates to take over the role and to implement the government’s agenda to improvement power services in the country.

The Minister said this following the announcement of Peter Nupiri as chairman of PPL and Maureen Mori and Prashanti Shasti as directors of the board.

PPL’s notice to Easipay customers

In a statement, the PNG Power Ltd said: “There is currently a technical issue with Digicel’s Easipay vending and PPL is awaiting the mobile company to sort out the issue.

“Customers are asked to purchase at the Easipay vending sites, through the bmobile network and through mobile banking.”

Meanwhile, the National Capital District and surrounding areas experienced a total outage on Wednesday evening following a technical fault on the Port Moresby system.

Gas-powered project to be constructed

The announcement was made by Minister for Public Enterprises and State Investments, William Duma, on Friday (Nov 10) during the ground-breaking ceremony of the Kilakila substation in Port Moresby.

He said the project will be constructed by an independent power producer (IPP), NiuPower Limited, a joint venture company owned by Oil Search Ltd and Kumul Petroleum Holdings Ltd.

“The electricity will be sold to PNG Power Ltd (PPL) under a power purchase agreement between PPL and NiuPower.”

Easipay System restored

PNG Power Ltd is running a test purchase at its headquarters and by 12 noon today, vending will be opened at all PPL offices nationwide.

“At 2pm, other Easipay vending sites will be opened followed by SMS/mobile at 5pm this afternoon,” says the firm.

“This is to control traffic to prevent the system from getting overloaded, and prevent another crash.”

PPL has thanked its customers for their patience and apologised for the inconvenience caused.

Easipay issue should be fixed soon: PPL

Easipay customers nationwide have been experiencing issues with the system since yesterday (Sept 11).

“This is preventing customers from purchasing Easipay tokens via the vending sites, mobile banking and mobile phone top-up,” says PPL in a statement today.

“The Easipay servers are experiencing congestion and the PNG Power Ltd ICT team are currently working to rectify the issue.”

PPL says restoration efforts are continuing from last night.

The firm further apologises for the inconveniences caused.

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Power woes frustrate residents

Loop PNG received reports of blackouts/low power supplies into homes since Friday (June 2), which has greatly inconvenienced homes and business houses.

For Lae alone, PNG Power Ltd announced an emergency shutdown of its gas turbine from Friday 8pm to Saturday 8am. This was to allow for an urgent clean-up of the fuel tank.

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Daniel Kapi arrested for conspiracy

An elderly man from Enga province appeared at the Waigani Committal Court today over allegations he conspired with others to sign a court document for a case before the National Court.

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PNG Power will maintain provision of electricity

PPL said in a statement that it will not take part in any stop work or shut down of power supply as this is not an industry issue but a political fight.

“The threats have sparked fear and anxiety amongst electricity consumers of the impending power outage relating to the purported strike action. As the chief executive officer of PPL, I would like to assure electricity consumers and the general public that we will maintain the provision of electricity services and will not participate in such strike action,” CEO Chris Bais stated.

PPL Lawyer: Mangos remains on Board

Mangos was terminated on December 4, 2015.

His lawyer has since filed an application at the National Court seeking he remain on the PNG Power payroll as they says his termination was not on direction of the National Executive Council.

The matter returned to the Waigani National Court today where his lawyer, Mal Varitimos told the court his client was appointed by the NEC as the Executive Director of PPL and appointments of the NEC can only be revoked by the NEC itself.

Varitimos said his client is not seeking damages as he has an arguable case before the court.