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February 26, 2021

Lae’s Residents Angered Over Blackouts

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Lae residents have ventedtheir frustrations and are demanding an explanation froPNG Power for the recurring blackouts inthe city.

They say if improverments have been madethey can’t see it in Lae, because blackouts still happen frequently.&nbspIn September, a new facility was opened in Yonki to supply more power to Lae.

Lae’s recurring blackouts again draws attention tPNG Power,the company that celebrated 50 years of providing electricity tothe nation.

Continuous blackouts overthe past week inthe industrial hub has resulted in public anger. For a long time a resident of Lae, Celina Kauke (Pictured), says power outages has put pressure onthe household. 

“We boil rice for the grand children but whenthe power goes off, we have to go out inthe dark and look for firewood we don’t have,” she said.

Another residentoApat Lewong, saysthe public has to be adequately notiflied before a blackout.

“Lae is an industrial hub sPNG Power must notify us, because our electrical appliances are blowing due to power surge,” he said.

Nearly all Lae residents are concerned about home appliances that have become fire hazards due tothe frequent blackouts.

The new facility in Yonki built by a Japanese company was expected to reducethe problem by adding extra megawatts to Lae, Madang and parts ofthe Highlands.

Bet whilPNG power has made changes for improverment,the Lae residents saythey can’t see much of a difference.

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