PNG Power advises the General Public in NCD and surrounding areas that load shedding is being carried out in parts of the nation’s capital due to a shortfall in generation capacity.

A major problem on the transmission line between the Moitaka Power Station and the Kanudi Power Station tripped all generators in all power statins supplying NCD, causing at total blackout at around 2.20am on Wednesday.

PNG Power’s Power Station at Moitaka and all four hydro power stations at Rouna were fully restored early at 10.00am.

However the privately owned Hanjung Power Station and PPL’s Kanudi Gas Turbine Power Station as Kanudi are still offline resulting in the shortfall of power generation.

The fault early yesterday morning blew up the DC supply circuits that supplied the controls at the Hanjung Power Station and work is being carried out to replace this part.

The fault also blew up parts of the starter motor at the Kanudi Gas Turbine Power Station.

This has caused a shortfall of 40 Mega Watts (MW) thus reducing the generations capacity to 60 MW which is not sufficient to cater for the demand of the Port Moresby System which 110 MW.

Load Shedding is being carried out in some areas that are receiving power supply from feeders at Waigani, Boroko, Konedobu, Kanudi and Bomana Sub Stations.

Once the issues on the machines are rectified, normal power supply should be expected in Port Moresby.

For further information, please contact the 24 Hour Service Number 324 3299 / 323 4774 or mobile 7198 1002 or 7198 1003.

PNG Power sincerely apologises for any inconvenience caused.