ENB Has Huge Geothermal Sources To Supply Power: Dr Marat
Papua New Guinea does not have a geothermal resource development policy that would give rights to the development of geothermal power generation and for other energy developments in the country, Member for Rabaul Dr Allan Marat said.
Dr Marat, who is also the shadow Minister for Attorney-General, told Parliament during Question Time that his Rabaul district and the East New Britain had huge geothermal energy sources that could be developed to supply energy, but they could not bring in investors in the absence of a policy.
He said if developed, it had the potential to supply electricity all over the East New Britain Province, but there was no geothermal resources development policy, while a New Zealand funded policy which he understands is in draft form and is yet to be brought before the NEC and the Parliament.
Mining Minister Johnson Tuke in response agreed that the country now had a draft geothermal development policy developed through funding from the New Zealand Government in 2016.
He said the new geothermal development policy is an important policy and he intends to table it in the August sitting of the National Parliament that would now give rights to the development of geothermal resources in the country including East New Britain Province as alluded to by Dr Marat.