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.
She also had meaningful and humbling discussions with staff and got to understand the frustrations experienced by PNG Power Ltd Centre staff and customers.
A few key points of discussions were identified which the management team will look into and they include the Approval Processes, Operational Vehicle Allocations, Staffing in Centres and Fuel Supply.
Ms. Blacklock admitted that there were challenges but there were also opportunities that PPL will looking into including a huge potential of increased customers with expected revenue gain.
The Acting Managing Director also conducted a meeting with the Arona Valley Landowners, the owners of the land where the Yonki Township and the Ramu Hydropower Station is located. She also had discussions on power supply with Western Highlands Governor, Paias Wingti. In Lae, Ms. Blacklock had meetings in Lae with large industrial customers to see how PPL could assist them with their growing demand for power supply.
Her centre visit took her to PPL establishments in Mendi, Ialibu, Paunda, Mt Hagen, Minj, Banz, Kundiawa, Goroka, Kainantu, Yonki and Lae. She will be visiting other centres in the coming weeks.