Tuesday June 19, 2012

Load shedding of Power to continue in Port Moresby

Load Shedding of electricity supply into Port Moresby will continue for an indefinite period of time as Koiari Landowners insist that outstanding payments owed be made.

A morning meeting with the Chief Secretary to the Government, Manasupe Zurenuoc and PNG Power CEO Tony Koiri at the Rouna 2 Power Plant did not reach an understanding as the landowners say that previous undertakings by the National Government to date, were not fulfilled

They are adamant on seeing Prime Minister Peter O’Neil before they could make any decision on switching power back on. The PM is out of Port Moresby.

The landowners forcefully shutdown the Rouna Hydro Station on Monday afternoon because of the outstanding grievances.

Police personnel from McGregor Barracks have been sent up to Rouna to mann the PPL premises and prevent anyone else from entering the area.

The shutting of power supply into Port Moresby has also affected water supply.

PPL is again calling on all business houses in Port Moresby to utilise their back-up generators during this time to ensure they don’t experience any inconvenience to their operations.

The situation is a completely different issue and is not related to the PNG Power Energy Workers Union sit-in protest which also threatened to shut down power supply in the city earlier in the week. The union workers have since returned to work at 1pm this afternoon.

All power stations in the city are operating normally and are substituting Rouna with the current load shedding of power supply.

PPL Centres nationwide are also operating normally with the company’s other hydro facility at Yonki running without disruption.

A load shedding schedule will be published in the newspapers tomorrow so consumers can find out when they will experience power outages.

Consumers are encouraged to call the Port Moresby 24 hour Customer Service numbers on 323 4774 / 71981000/ 7198 1001, 7198 1002, 7198 1003 if you experience extended periods of power outage.