Moitaka Transmission Line Commissioned
The country’s recently commissioned Independent Power Producer (IPP), NiuPower Gas Plant, has had its transmission line officially commissioned last Friday at the Port Moresby Power station.
Both PNG Power and its contractor, Voltran Engineering completed final interconnection works to the Moitaka to Kanudi Transmission lines at Kasio Circle.
PNG Power Limited (PPL) Chairman Peter Nupiri while appreciating the partnership between Kumul, PNG Power, Oil Search and other stakeholders for successfully delivering the project; thanked all that involves for the successful completion of connecting and commissioning of the Moitaka transmission lines which runs from Gerehu Sub-station to the Niu Power Gas plant at Napa Napa.
Mr Nupiri said during the Moitaka transmission line commissioning that today is a special occasion for PNG Power.
He said PNG Power over the many many years has been struggling to provide power to the country, many of them for obvious reasons but, they are here where they are at now.
“Our plan is very simple and today is a special event for us because it fits in well with our development plan.”
“Over the years we have not been able to do that because we still burning fossil fuels for most of our power generating Centers throughout the country that is very sad because there’s lot of stuffs going in this country, LNG here has been going on for how many years now, yet we are burning expensive imported petrol and diesel to generate power for this country,” said Mr Nupiri.
Meanwhile, Voltran Engineering managing director Ashok Kumar highlighted some challenges during the course of delivering and connecting the Niu Power Gas project transmission grid lines but, importantly pin pointed its successful completion of connecting the Niu Power transmission lines within given period of time.
“We are happy to be part of delivering this mega Gas Powered project by laying the final touches in connecting the transmission lines from Gerehu to the main Port Moresby Gas fired Power plant, “said Mr Kumar.
The power project is sized at a 58 Mega watts but the project design is such that additional generation units can be installed to cater for the expected electricity demand growth in the National Capital District and surrounding Central province.
It was also highlighted that with the creation of Niu power and development of Port Moresby gas fired Power Station, Kumul Petroleum and Oil Search directly contribute to the government’s energy objectives of electrifying 70 per cent of Papua New Guinea by 2030.
The Niu Power plant is a 50/50 joint investment between KPHL and Oil Search Limited that was officially commissioned late last year.
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