PNG POWER TO EFFECT CRISIS MANAGEMENT & BUSINESS CONTINUITY PLANS FOR CORONAVIRUS
In light of the heightened risk of the Corona Virus (COVID -19), PNG Power has initiated its Business Continuity Plans to ensure the supply of Power is maintained throughout any emergency period.
PNG Power is currently engaging with all its suppliers and agents to ensure supply of critical products and services such as fuel, Independent power generation units, Easipay, are not affected during an emergency period.
Engagements with other Government agencies such as police will also take place to ensure co-ordination of responses in such a scenario is established and enabled.
In addition, contingency plans have been developed to ensure that our two (Port Moresby and Ramu) main grids along with all our isolated centers are able to operate uninterrupted.
These contingencies include isolation of Power Stations to minimize any risk of contamination and the establishment of a skilled staff database including retirees who could backfill any role gap in the event that current staff are affected by the virus.
In line with recommended practices we will also be providing staff that will be undertaking critical roles during an emergency situation such as linesman and Power station operators’ total protective equipment as they will be required to attend to faults during this period.
To minimize customer contact at the customer service counters, PNG Power is encouraging everyone to use the electronic payment facilities such as mobile banking, internet banking, mobile top up and direct deposit into the PNG Power bank account to pay for your Easipay and power bills. Similarly, you can also purchase the Easipay cards or purchase from our agents, Jive Market and OCL Vending sites.
The public needs to be aware that in an emergency situation, as much as PNG Power would like to be able to address issues that arise, the how and when it responds will be very much determined by prioritization of where and how it needs to allocates its resources.
Acting Chief Executive Officer