Board of Directors sworn in

Board of Directors sworn in

A Chairman and two new women Directors were sworn into the PNG Power Board on Tuesday March 20, at the PPL National Office in Hohola. Businessman Peter Nupiri takes on the Chairman role following the resignation of Andrew Ogil last month. Accountant Maureen Mori joins PNG Power Acting Managing Director Carolyn Blacklock as the two females on the Board.

TRANSMISSION TOWER CONSTRUCTION UNDERWAY

TRANSMISSION TOWER CONSTRUCTION UNDERWAY

PNG Power Limited (PPL) is reconstructing the transmission tower that was destroyed by a landslide in January 2018 at Kasam Pass, Eastern Highlands Province. The transmission tower supplies power to Lae and Madang from the Ramu 1 powerhouse at Yonki. However, it was toppled by a severe landslide in January 18, 2018 and disrupted power supply to customers in these two main regions. This damage has also contributed to power instability in the Ramu Grid (Highlands, Lae and Madang) and it’s an urgent reconstruction project that PPL engineers are undertaking. The tower is located near the source of Singsing Creek approximately two (2) kilometers from the main Okuk Highway and impossible to access.

Power supply restoration work in Mendi, Tari and Ialibu continues

Power supply restoration work in Mendi, Tari and Ialibu continues

PNG Power suffered substantial damage to key infrastructure in the Southern Highlands and Hela Provinces as a result of last week’s earthquake. Power supply into Mendi, Ialibu and Tari were affected following the 7.5 magnitude earthquake which caused damage to vital power supply infrastructure in the three townships. PNG Power teams have been on the ground immediately following the earthquake assessing damage and urgently arranging restoration works.

Ramu System Restored

Ramu System Restored

PNG Power Ltd has fully restored power supply from the Ramu Hydropower Station into Lae, Madang and the Highlands Region as of yesterday afternoon at 4.00pm. Power supply from Ramu was affected in the last week due to issues relating to transmission line and generator faults. The Ramu System was therefore run on split supply over last week while teams were working on restoring and rectifying the faults.

Reliable Power for Lae City top priority for new PNG Power Ltd Leadership

Reliable Power for Lae City top priority for new PNG Power Ltd Leadership

The recent lengthy power outages in Lae are unacceptable and I apologise to the people of Lae. As the industrial hub of our country, reliable power is essential. I travelled from Goroka to Lae last week and spoke with business and political leaders to learn first-hand of the problems. It comes as no surprise that regular power outages are having a significant impact on businesses and the community as a whole. I am deeply concerned and have asked Mr Alastair Andrews, recently appointed Chief Operating Officer to take the lead and work on restoring reliable power to Lae.

Blacklock visits PPL establishments in the Highlands Region, Yonki and Lae

Blacklock visits PPL establishments in the Highlands Region, Yonki and Lae

PNG Power Ltd Acting Managing Director, Carolyn Blacklock yesterday (Wednesday) concluded a visit to the Highlands Provinces, Yonki and Lae, three weeks after assuming the role. Ms. Blacklock took the opportunity to talk to staff and find out about issues that were affecting performance and company operations so that the PPL Executive Leadership Team can put together plans that would address the immediate needs of the company and the ongoing issues which hinder operations throughout the country.

Port Moresby System Outage & Easipay Vending on Digicel

Port Moresby System Outage & Easipay Vending on Digicel

The National Capital District and surrounding areas experienced a total outage on Wednesday evening following a technical fault on the Port Moresby system. The sudden outage of the Port Moresby System occurred during continuous lightning strikes and thunder during heavy rain at 6.12pm yesterday evening. The outage was due to the system tripping off from the LNG Power Plant and the Rouna 3 Hydro Power Station.

Easipay purchases through the Digicel Network

Easipay purchases through the Digicel Network

PNG Power Ltd would like to advise its Easipay Customers in Tari, Kokopo, Rabaul, Bialla and Wewak that there is an ongoing issue with delivery of Easipay Tokens through the Digicel Short Messaging Service (SMS). This is affecting customers who purchase Easipay using their Digicel Credits whereby Easipay purchase transaction is undertaken but the delivery of Easipay token through SMS platform does not happen.

SCADA System installed in Kokopo

SCADA System installed in Kokopo

PNG Power Ltd (PPL) commissioned a new Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Centre at its Kokopo office to monitor the Gazelle Power Supply Grid. The SCADA Centre was officially commissioned last week and will boost the efforts of PPL personnel on the ground to locate faults and restore power supply within a required turnaround time.

PNG Power Ltd Home Ownership Scheme launched

PNG Power Ltd Home Ownership Scheme launched

PNG Power Ltd is committed to ensuring its staff buy or build their first home through its Home Ownership Scheme (HOS) which was launched today. The Scheme was approved by the PNG Power Ltd Board in April 2017. Under the scheme, the company will provide Equity and Housing Advance to help employees secure loans to buy or build/renovate their first home. This policy covers all employees throughout the country.

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