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PNG Power says No More Loadshedding of Electricity this Festive Season

PNG Power will not be conducting any planned load shedding during the festive season around the country.

We remain committed to quickly restore power supply if there will be any unplanned outages caused by accidents or severe weather conditions. Customers are encouraged to contact our National Call Centre on 70508000 or 75008000 should you identify or witness any faults regarding power supply.

PNG Power loses money by generating power using diesel, so when our biggest customer does not pay on time, we cannot pay our own suppliers like Puma. We have now normalized our payment terms with Puma and fuel will be supplied during this festive season.

The NiuPower gas plant started supplying 10 MW to Port Moresby on Friday November 29 and this will increase to 58MW by the start of 2020 with the commissioning of the 80 MW transmission line. This means PNG Power will not use diesel to generate power in Port Moresby.

We will be moving away from 100% exposure to diesel in the other centres as well. The Ramu Grid will be fully hydro-powered by the middle of 2020. The Samarai Solar grid in Milne Bay, Divune Hydropower Plant in Oro Province and the refurbished Warangoi Hydropower Plant in East New Britain will all be commissioned in 2020 under PNG Power’s least cost generation path. Our hydropower capacity in Ru Creek in Kimbe and Lake Hargy in Bialla is now restored.

This means a financially viable PNG Power that will reverse years of financial mismanagement, and over time lead to cheaper tariffs.

With that, the Board and Management of PNG Power would like to wish its valued customers, suppliers, business houses and stakeholders a very Merry Christmas and a mutually Prosperous New Year.

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