PNG Power advises Electricity and water consumers in the National Capital District to start saving power and water due to the low level of water at the Sirinumu Dam.

Sirinumu Dam was designed to hold 340 Million cubic meters (Mm3) of water at which any excess will spill at the designated spill way.

If it reaches the minimum volume of 50 Mm3, the release will be strictly for EDA Ranu requirements only. (Nine months supply).

Currently the volume is 195 Mm3, or 57% of the spill volume.

This is low for this time of year being the end of the wet season and beginning of the dry season.

PPL is also very aware of the advice from the National Weather Service that we are now entering an El Nino weather pattern.

Historically this weather system has resulted in below average inflows into the reservoir during the wet season.

The reservoir releases water for hydro generation at the four Rouna Power stations and for water supply to the National Capital District, therefore, it has to be carefully managed to avoid the reservoir level reaching the minimum volume.

To assist with the generation management program and to avoid loadshedding, the PNG Government has purchased a 25 MW Gas Turbine for Port Moresby.

This is expected to arrive in mid June and will be commissioned by September, 2014.

However, the public is now asked to assist the situation by commencing a strenuous power conservation program.

By using power wisely, customers can also save on their power bills and also assist PNG Power to manage the critical Sirinumu water resource situation.

PNG Power, therefore, appeals to the public to do the basics, such as turning off lights, fans, air conditioners and other electrical appliances that are not in use.

Resetting air conditioners to be less cold can also make a significant contribution to lowering your power bills and lowering Port Moresby’s power demand.

Air Conditioning systems should not be set below 24 degrees Centigrade to assist in this Energy saving exercise.

Preventing water wastage and conserving/ rationing water use, as is being promoted by Eda Ranu, will also assist both organisations with their efforts.

The more water we use and the more electricity we use, the faster we drain water from Sirinumu Dam.

So please, take this advise seriously and start cutting down on your power and water usage.

John Tangit
PNG Power Ltd