by Jack Lapauve Jr, EMTV – Port Moresby
The growth in Madang’s private sector and infrastructure is putting extreme pressure on the town’s power supply.
Madang’s PNG Power Asset Manager Bustin Joseph says a shortfall of four megawatts will cause more load shedding if nothing is done about it.
Mr Joseph says the small town has grown with an increase in businesses, mining companies and infrastructural developments. “We cannot go on like this. We have to have a better power source as the town develops,” he said.
He said while load shedding is becoming a daily exercise, better plans of providing an efficient and effective power source must be workable or will see the businesses being affected every day.
With the national government’s intention of introducing the bio-diesel pilot project in Madang next year, there is more work to be aligned before things are certain for power supply in Madang.
Madang Governor Jim Kas says the bio-diesel project must be seriously looked into to help Madang out of its never-ending power problems.
The national government presented K2.3 million to the Madang Provincial Government for the purchase of a vessel which will begin operations mid-next year. The boat will transport bio-diesel produce between Karkar Island and Madang town.