Photo: Newly installed power infrastructure at Arawa

Bougainville’s former capital, Arawa welcomed 2012 for the first time with normal power supply from PNG Power after 22 years.

Since the closing down of vital Government services to the former thriving township, there has been no electricity supply to the town’s residents.

Most town houses have been taken over by locals who have now made Arawa their new home.

But since the signing of the Bougainville Peace Agreement in 2000, an increase in business activities has seen the township rise with new found life.

Key government services, local business houses and non-government organisation have established themselves back in the area.

With this increase of service providers and the populace, the demand for an uninterrupted power supply has been more then ever.

PNG Power entered into an agreement with the Autonomous Bougainville Government to set up the electricity supply into Arawa and work began in March 2011.

Linesmen were brought in to connect distribution and service lines utilising the existing power poles that have been standing idle since 1989. The communications team also went in to install Easipay systems. PNG Power personnel are still working on connecting households to the electricity supply and have already covered major parts of the township.

The power was switched on on December 22, 2011.

The official launching of this milestone project will be held next month in Arawa.