NiuPower Strengthens Partnership With PPL
NiuPower Limited, since the commissioning of its transmission lines, has been in constant engagement with PNG Power Limited.
In an update by the company, chief executive officers of both NiuPower and PPL with their respective management teams in July have resulted in closer working relationship between NiuPower and PNG Power.
According to NiuPower, both NiuPower and PNG Power anticipate monthly costs falling based on lower oil pricing and closely managed dispatch levels through Q3 of 2020.
The company said collaboration is strengthening and focused on maximising PPL profitability both in terms of maximising fuel efficiency within NiuPower as well as broader supply optimisation.
“Performance from November last year has been responsive to load demands from PNG Power.
“The benefit of NiuPower’s reciprocating engines is that it can respond to fluctuating demand on the Port Moresby grid. Turbine generation, for example, is less flexible.
“Notwithstanding plant availability at 100 percent, challenges exist but these are being addressed collaboratively with PNG Power and Kumul Consolidated Holdings,” the company said.
NiuPower said a system study has been undertaken by SMEC should inform investment in grid stability and the rehabilitation of Rouna through ADB funding should permit it to increase its contribution beyond current levels at 30MW.
This should restore reliability to the Port Moresby Grid.
The company’s off peak demand is 65-70MW and peak demand is 120MW.
“Off-peak demand is adequately covered by Rouna at 30MW and PNG LNG’s contribution at 25MW with NiuPower covering the 10-25MW residual load on 2-3 engines.
“Peak demand is roughly 8 hours a day and NiuPower’s contribution covers any shortfall after Rouna and PNG LNG with peaking power provided by PNG Power’s turbine at Kanudi.”
NiuPower’s Operations and Maintenance (O&M) partner is Wärtsilä. Wärtsilä has assembled a strong O&M team comprising 28 workers, 5 of whom are foreigners brought in from elsewhere in Wartsila’s global portfolio.
As part of NiuPower’s contribution to its host communities, primary schools at Porebada, Boera, Papa-Lealea, and Kido were the recipients of 1,000 reading books each, supplied by Buk Bilong Pikinini.
In the coming months, NiuPower will be addressing water security in our villages through the distribution of water tanks to each of the above villages.