By Adelaide Sirox Kari, EMTV News – Port Moresby
There is a growing push for mix- energy supply in PNG to allow more people to access electricity.
The National Energy and Petroleum Summit allowing for discussion of domestic gas use to produce electricity, complementing the already existing Hydro and Diesel power station.
But as always there is a surprise contender still pushing to be a viable option for electricity, Mayur Resources coal energy prospect. Managing Director for Mayur Resources, Paul Mulder, hosting an event to explain to PNG Media the company’s portfolio of cement and mineral sand.
The Minister for Energy joining the conversation with the company pushing for coal as an energy source and to be a part of the ministers plan to apart of the mix-energy solution.
The Minister for Energy plans to introduce Mix-Energy sources will come true once the National Energy Authority Bill is passed in parliament.
Ironically Striping the power from PNG Power, and opening the market for other power producers to supply electricity into the power grid.
Mayur Resources depending on the National Energy Bill as PNG Power had rejected Mayur Power Purchase Proposal.
After news of PNG power looking far away from Coal and to renewable energy, Mayur was reported to set up the power plant for PNG Ports. But with a power station comes where the coal will come from, Mayur telling EMTV that they will import Indonesian coal, while approval and mining leases are given to have coal mined in Gulf province. The Gulf Governor Chris Haiveta welcoming the news.
Mayur even willing to build another coal power station in the province, as Gulf is one of the most least developed and nearly all of its population have no access to electricity.
The energy sector for PNG looking to have an interesting time ahead as the Government will have to weigh out getting electricity to the people and at what cost.