Power outages

PPL addresses Lae private sector

The Lae Chamber of Commerce and Industry invited the management of PNG Power to engage with the private sector this morning at the Lae Golf Club.

PPL CEO, Obed Batia, and his team were questioned on the frequent blackouts and why residents are not given advanced warning to prepare themselves.

“The current blackouts, or load shedding, have been caused by the Yonki dam level that went down,” said Batia. “Last year, in August, the water level went down to about 18 percent. So far, it has improved due to a few rainfalls, and the capacity has increased to 56 percent.”

PPL explains power outages

The recent system power outages in Port Moresby are experienced due to technical issues between all generation power stations both at PNG Power and the Independent Power Producers (IPPs).

PPL in collaboration with IPP stakeholders are working to correct those issues with respect to grid control and regulation issues, in order to provide stable power.

PPL To Fix Power Failures

With continuous power outage over the past months and a total outage that occurred yesterday at 3am with the Port Moresby Grid, was due to faults located on the transmission line at the Kanudi Power Station leaving residents in complete darkness.

Electricians worked tirelessly to restore power but went out again and was restored the second time at 6am yesterday.

The power supply was restored eventually to all Port Moresby sub-stations from Bomana, Waigani, Boroko, Konedobu and Kanudi and was fully restored by 8.30am yesterday.

Plans To Resolve Power Outages

An explanation has been given for the continuous power outage in the city, and it seems it all has to do with infrastructure needing an upgrade.

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

Power Outages To Continue

Power supply to customers on the Konedobu and Kanudi Substation feeders will continue to be affected during this time, due to multiple fallen high voltage power lines and faults at the substations.

PNG Power reported that Konedobu Feeder 5 conductors fell onto Konedobu Feeder 2 lines which caused the Konedobu substation to trip off. Checks revealed that all protection relays were burnt as a result of the power surge from the broken conductors clashing.