Sirinumu dam

LOs shut down Sirinumu Dam

The incident has been confirmed by PNG Power Ltd.

"It takes an estimated six hours for water flow from the dam area to the Rouna 2 Hydro Power Station to dry up when the valve is turned off," says PPL in a statement.

"This means there will be disruptions to power supply at around 6pm this evening. This will also affect water supply later this evening."

Reasons behind the incident are yet to be made known.

"Stakeholders who are in talks with the Sirinumu landowners are in meetings at the moment to get the issue sorted out immediately.

Government must fulfil commitment: Koiari LLG president

Koiari LLG President David Ogi said his people’s land and resource is needed for the expansion of Port Moresby city, and they must be seen as partners.    

He made the comments on Tuesday after a MOU signing with the Department of Works for the National Government to make funding available to work on the uncompleted 5km of road leading to Sirinumu Dam in Central Province.

“For the expansion of the city you will look at us for example Edevu, Brown River catchment is on Koiari land,” Ogi said.   

Sirinumu Dam to be an attraction: Kulang

The Kundiawa-Gembogl MP spent two nights on an island inside the dam area, which can only be accessed using motorised dinghies.

He invited the media personnel on Saturday for a visit to experience the locals’ efforts to tap into eco-tourism.  

Minister Kulang committed K100,000 to help them purchase building materials to complete their unfinished accommodation as well as picnic huts.

Councillor wishes for a sealed road this year

Avana Korohi, councillor of Ward 11 in the Koiari LLG of Kairuku-Hiri Electorate, knows how much a sealed road means to his people.

His people’s traditional land had been underwater since the 1960s to supply Port Moresby’s water and electricity grid.

The National Government funded road rehabilitation is yet to reach the dam.

 Korohi told Loop PNG, with a fisheries project and now proposal to make Sirinumu dam a tourist attraction for local and international visitors, a better road is important.

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Sirinumu water level at critical stage

Sirinumu water level at critical stage

PNG Power Ltd (PPL) the owner of the dam in a statement advised the public in Port Moresby and parts of Central Province to be serious with electricity and water saving methods.

This due to the decreasing water levels at the Sirinumu Dam reservoir.

“As of Monday February 29, the volume of water at the dam is 99.16 Million Cubic Metres (Mm3), which is 29.14% below full spill level.

The Sirinumu Dam was designed to hold 340 Mm3 of water.

The dam water level has dropped by 1.04 Mm3 in the space of 7 days.

Wet season, a curse and a blessing

There had been reports of landslides and bridges wreaked because of continuous rain nationwide.

In the nation’s capital water rationing has become part of their daily lives because of the depleting water stock; residents may say the down pour is a blessing.

PNG Power (PPL) in a statement noted a slight increase in the water level at Sirinumu dam which as seen an uninterrupted fall since the drought started.

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Nine months load of water left at Sirinumu

Eda Ranu general manager commercial services Paul Gore told Loop PNG “current consumption for (water) will last for nine months before the level hits the 50 Million Cubic Metres (Mm3).

Dam owner, PNG Power states the measurement recording on Tuesday at 100 Mm3, which is 29.6 percent of the 340 Mm3 capacity of the reservoir (   

Gore said water rationing will continue indefinitely at this stage.   

NCD faces high risk of water shortage

The monsoon period starts this month until April with below average rainfall expected over the south coast of the country due to the El Nino induced weather, which will affect the Sirinumu Dam at Sogeri.

City residents run a high risk of running out of water come the period after the monsoon which is from May to July.

National Weather Service (NWS) director Samuel Maiha says we are into the monsoon period when rainfall starts to increase a bit and is also expected to increase the volume in the reservoir.