Brown River feasibility study begins

By Francis Uratun

 

PNG Power has embarked on a detailed feasibility study into the proposed Naoro-Brown River Hydro scheme in the Central Province.

The total cost of the study is about K2.9 million and is part of PPL’s initiative to promote renewable energy development and supplement existing sources of electricity in the country.

The study will review existing information and obtain additional data that will determine the optimal project arrangement and costing for overall hydro power development.

PPL, through contractor Hydro Tasmania Consultancy (HTC), will carry out geological, social and environmental impact studies, detailed topographical surveys, conduct site visits, and identify access road route and transmission system connection options.

The feasibility study began in January this year and will take about eight months to complete.

If the project is feasible, PPL is expected to invest up to about K800 million into the project development.

PPL also met with Naoro Brown River landowners, HTC, and the Department of Environment and Conservation representatives on January 25,

2010.

At the meeting, the landowner chairman representing Brown River gave full support to the project and looked forward to the construction if the studies proved feasible.

The study is in line with the company’s Ten Year Power Development Plan to increase Port Moresby’s current generation capacity and improve system reliability.