NiuPower Transmission Lines Connected
The country’s recently commissioned Independent Power Producer (IPP), NiuPower Gas Plant, has had its transmission line completed on Friday afternoon last week, and energised over the weekend for pre-commissioning tests to be carried out.
Both PNG Power and its contractor, Voltran Engineering completed final interconnection works to the Moitaka to Kanudi Transmission lines at Kasio Circle. On Friday, the joint team made its way to the NiuPower Gas Plant to carry out final hook-up onto the NiuPower yard, which will be the final task of the transmission lines construction.
PNG Power technical teams worked behind the scenes to ensure all necessary electromechanical requirements are met for the final connection phase of the transmission lines between the Moitaka Substation, the Kanudi Substation and the NiuPower Gas Plant.
On Sunday, yesterday, the new 66kV transmission lines wad successfully tested and commissioned at 1am.
Around 4pm all transmission line works were completed with the line now live. “It is a significant project for PNG Power as it marks the beginning of a complete fuel switch from heavy fuel oil, diesel and hydropower to Gas and hydropower for the Port Moresby Grid.
“The NiuPower gas plant was officially commissioned in December 2019 and has supplied Port Moresby with 10 MW since November 29 2019.
“The Station output will now increase to 58MW beginning on the weekend with the completion and energising of the Gerehu to NiuPower transmission line.
“This means PNG Power will no longer use diesel to generate power in Port Moresby but utilise it for standby purposes,” Acting PPL CEO Douglas Mageo stated.
He added the significance of the occasion is that it is a step in the right direction towards achieving low cost generation under PNG Power’s Reform Agenda and also becoming more responsible to the environment by reducing heavy carbonated fuels.
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