Town Electrification Investment Program
PNG Power has started work on the first phase of the Town Electrification Investment Program (TEIP).
The K150m project is funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) through the National Government to address accessibility to reliable, affordable and clean power. The TEIP is implemented in two tranches and sees the construction of six run-of-river hydro power plants, transmission systems to connect provincial centres to generation sources, and capacity building within the power utility and communities.
Projects under tranche 1 are expected to be completed by December 31, 2013 and include:
i) Kimbe to Bialla Interconnection - West New Britain Province
ii) Divune Hydropower Plant - Northern Province
iii) Ramazon Hydropower Plant - Autonomous Region of Bougainville
The project will improve power supply through replacement of high cost diesel power generation with sustainable renewable energy power generation. It also allows PNG Power to supply electricity to rural areas like Oil Palm block holders in West New Britain, villages in the northern part of Autonomous Region of Bougainville, and to people as far inland as Kokoda in Oro Province.
Under the tranche 1 project, primary beneficiaries in the town centers will include at least 50% of an estimated 3,273 unconnected households in Popondetta town, about 50% of estimated 1,187 unconnected households in Kimbe town, and estimated 922 households in Arawa and Buka town.
Communities in the subproject sites will also benefit from the project. There are 30 affected households in the subproject site in Divune and 31 affected households in Ramazon. All these households will have power and water supply connection to be provided by PPL.
In addition, households in subproject areas will also receive various trainings on safety awareness, power and water supply maintenance, utility budget management, business management, and leadership and organisational management. These skills will increase peoples’ ability to effectively participate in the project design, implementation and monitoring.
PPL is ready to support the government’s goal under the Development Strategic Plan to provide 70% of PNG’s population access to reliable and affordable electricity by 2030