PNG Power will continue its load shedding exercise across the country as it continues to conserve its fuel supplies whilst reducing fuel expenses.
PNG Power was issued a ‘stop-supply’ notice by Puma Energy due to non-payment previous bills. Once payment has been resolved, the Port Moresby and Ramu Grid systems will revert to normal.
PNG Power continues to struggle to meet payment obligations to its critical suppliers while at the same time also awaiting outstanding bills the National Government owes PNG Power in arrears totaling up to K38million.
Business houses and the general public are hereby advised that the current load shedding exercise will continue into this week.
A majority of the provincial centers use power supply generated from thermal generators and therefore load shedding will be an ongoing exercise.
PNG Power A/CEO, Mr. Douglas Mageo said that PNG Power will continue to ensure its fuel bill is managed at sustainable levels and therefore load shedding will have to take place in the diesel run power stations.
Mr. Mageo is also calling on all provincial governments to assist PNG Power where they can in their centers by taking ownership and assisting the company at its power stations.
He thanked the Autonomous Bougainville Government and the Fly River Provincial Government for stepping in and assisting with fuel supplies for their respective power stations in the last couple of weeks.
Douglas Mageo, Acting Chief Executive Officer, PNG Power