PNG Power Ltd Announces the Recommisioning of the Moitaka Power Station

PNG Power Limited (PPL) is pleased to announce the recommissioning of the Moitaka Power Station. The Moitaka Power Station was established in 1980 and has been a reliable source of electricity in Port Moresby for several decades until it was decommissioned in 2019 after several Independent Power Producers (IPP) were introduced into the Port Moresby Grid. Initially, the Moitaka Power Station had a station output of 16 Megawatts (MW) from two Hitachi Zosen Z40 Diesel Engines (Unit 1 & 2).

PNG Power’s Pathway to Recovery

PNG Power acknowledges the recent media release from the Independent Power Producers (IPP) group regarding the state of power supply infrastructure and reliability in the country and payments owed to the IPPs. However, PNG Power wants to ensure that the efforts put into its recovery from its Government shareholder, Kumul Consolidated Holdings, are also clearly understood. Although perhaps not immediately obvious, PPL is taking serious steps to address the issues it is currently experiencing.

PNG Power and Puma Energy in Mutual Agreement for fuel supply

PNG Power and Puma Energy have come to a mutual understanding that will ensure power supply is restored in most of its centres who rely on diesel fuel to run its power stations. Puma reached out to the PNG Power management to resolve the issue despite the large amount of outstanding payments due from PPL. Puma has agreed on an exceptional basis to release further fuel supply to PNG Power starting today and for the rest of the week.

Vanimo Power Station intact following fire threat

The Vanimo Power Station is intact and will resume supply of electricity to consumers and the general public in Vanimo and surrounding villages this afternoon. PNG Power Chief Executive Officer, Obed Batia denied a report by NBC News on its Facebook page claiming that the Vanimo Power Station caught fire this morning and destroyed all its generators, disrupting power supply in the township. The news report is misleading and not true.

System Outage in Port Moresby this morning

The Port Moresby Grid experienced at total system outage at 3.43am this morning due to faults located on our transmission line at the Kanudi Power Station. While our teams immediately undertook restoration work, the system experienced a second outage at 5.57am. PNG Power begun the second restoration work at 6.00am and eventually power supply was restored to all our Port Moresby substations at Bomana, Waigani, Boroko, Konedobu and Kanudi. By 8.30am, the system was fully restored.

Official Commissioning of the Hula Electrification Project

On Wednesday 30 March, the New Zealand High Commissioner, Phillip Taula, and PNG Power Management accompanied by the Member for Rigo, Hon. Lekwa Gure and representatives from the PNG Electrification Partnership, visited Hula to commission the recently completed Hula section of the New Zealand-funded Rural On-Grid Extension Project in Central Province. The project was implemented by PNG Power under the PNG Electrification Partnership.Beginning in 2016, the K40 million Rural On-Grid Extension Project extends the Port Moresby Grid into Central Province, delivering new electricity connections across four project sites covering Bisiatabu to Owers Corner, Sabusa to Brown River Station and Tubuseria to Kwikila, and in 2018 the project scope was extended to include Hula.

Power SUpply to the Highlands Region restored

Power supply from the Ramu Hydropower Station into Kundiawa, Minj, Banz, Mt Hagen, Ialibu, Mendi and Wabag was fully restored by 2.30pm this afternoon. Restoration time took longer than expected due to bad weather conditions and challenges on site however the team managed to ensure power supply was fully restored after 7 days. Tower 101 at Dumum Village in Chimbu Province was brought down to the ground by fallen trees intentionally chopped down by locals.


Work on the restoration of power supply into the Upper Highlands Region is still ongoing as of this afternoon. PNG Power expects to have the work completed tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon and have full power supply restored to the Upper Highlands Region townships of Kundiawa, Minj, Banz, Mt Hagen, Ialibu, Mendi and Wabag. We would also like to correct the misleading headline put out on the front page of the Post-Courier today (Tuesday February 8) stating that the power outage will be off for an indefinite period.

Customers with Easipay Meter Issues asked to Report to PNG Power Offices

All valued Electricity Consumers and the general public are advised that PNG Power has begun blocking off Easipay Meters which are detected on our Easipay system to be not in operation.This includes meters which are installed to active customers but may not be buying power and are deemed as illegal connections. This also includes meters which have been connected without verification by PNG Power.

Early retirement benefits for PNG Power employees

PNG Power has developed an Early Retirement Package Program with great benefit for its employees who have are in the early retirement age bracket of 50-59 years. This is an important initiative for the company to manage its aging workforce and at the same time an opportunity to attract young, vibrant and energetic workforce and put in place talent with a new mindset and culture into the business. There have been a lot issues raised in the mainstream and social media about the customer service and performance levels of PNG Power employees. Having an active workforce with dedication and commitment is critical to drive business to meet customer expectations.

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