12 megawatt power station for Lae

PNG Power kept its promise to the people of Lae City to improve the power supply by opening its 12 mega watt (MW) Taraka Power Station December 22, 2009.

The power station holding eight 1.5 MW containerised thermal (diesel) generators was completed in four months to be presented to the people of Lae before Christmas. It cost about K25million.

Acting PNG Power CEO, Mr Lawrence Solomon together with Morobe Governor Luther Wenge, Nawae MP Mr Timothy Bonga and Lae Chamber of Commerce and Industry President, Mr Allan McLay officially switched on the generators.

Electricity supply for Lae is provided by the Ramu hydro power station at Yonki in the Eastern Highlands. The thermal power stations in Lae are on standby and switch on when there are problems with the generation machines or transmission lines from the Ramu hydro station.

The new Taraka power station aims to reduce outage times or load shedding periods with the help of PPL’s other diesel power station at Milfordhaven Road, which has machines that are 20-30 years old.

Lae power supply has not been reliable but the company has been doing something about it and has come about due to the efforts of the board and management to improve the reliability.