Mendi MP gives K500,000 for RE


Member for Mendi and acting Governor for Southern Highlands Province Pastor Isaac Joseph presented K500,000 to PPL on February 10 to begin rural electrification construction in his electorate.

The line extension project, about 40km, will begin from Mendi to Mogol Secondary School and onto Birop Village, and then from Map to Monihiu Station and Bella Village.

PPL CEO Tony Koiri said PPL was still committed to carrying out RE in SHP and assured the governor that the project will be completed in time. He also appealed to the governor to assist the construction teams on the ground especially when dealing with landowner issues.

Governor Joseph assured Mr Koiri his people will cooperate with the PPL team to speed up the project.

of us but the top three that are worth mentioning are issues relating to reliability, demand and the ever increasing incidents of electricity theft through illegal connections.

Our efforts over the last three years have been commendable but there is still a lot of work needed to meet reliability and power quality bench marks.

At the end of 2009, we had to pay over K3.5 million in rebates as a direct consequence of PPL not meeting reliability bench marks as stipulated in the regulatory contract. We had to pay rebates for the past three consecutive years and this is a trend we should stop.

Money spent on paying rebates would be better used to fund growth and expansion plans for PPL.

We have embarked on a systematic approach to improving reliability through the Strategic Asset Management

Plan and tactical and operational plans will be formulated shortly to drive reliability improvement.

Secondly the issue relating to the demand on electricity demand especially in the major centres of PNG is one that has the risk of derailing all the good work we have done in the past.

Port Moresby’s demand is expected to grow by over 50% in the next 5 years with 22MW of demand expected in less than 18 months.

This demand growth is unprecedented and we have a struggle on our hands to come up with that much generation in such a short period of time.

We have started full feasibility work on Naoro/Brown Hydro but that will take another 4 years to develop.

Overall, we need 150 MW of new generation to take us through to the end of 2014 when hopefully domestic gas will be available.

The story is the same on the Ramu system. There the demand is being fuelled by industrial development in the major towns and the mining sector.

Between Hidden Valley, Wafi Golpu and Ramu Nickel we estimate over project would finish on time with all quality and safety requirements met.

The signing allows HG Power to construct, test and commission the Optical Ground Wire (OPGW), ADSS and APPROACH cables on PPL’s power network that will link Madang and Lae via Walium, Gusap, Yonki, Mutzing and Erap.

The contract signing follows PPL and Telikom’s MOA signed on January 11, which allowed optic fiber network development on PPL’s power line network and tower infrastructure for Telikom to use for telecommunication purposes.

Telikom will be able to use optic fibre cables that carry a capacity of 10 Gigabytes, a data superhighway guaranteed to take telecommunications to a whole new level.

180MW of load from these three mines.