Morobe Governor, Kelly Naru, believes that clean, reliable energy, is the way forward to address current electricity issues in the province.
He says Lae city and its surrounding districts have been seriously affected by electricity outages over several years, which have, in turn, impacted business, the government’s operation, and the public, in general.
Speaking after a briefing from the PNG Biomass Project, a joint venture between Oil Search Limited and Align Energy of Australia, who are proposing a power generation project, using woodchips from trees, as the energy source.
PNG Biomass was briefing the governor as well as a delegation from the PNG Forest Authority in Lae, yesterday, on their current trials being conducted in the Markham Valley, and their future plans.
Governor Naru said for too long, Lae has suffered from PNG Power’s unreliable electricity supply to the province, its citizens, and the business community, and such alternative initiatives as that being pursued by the PNG Biomass project, should be supported and encouraged.
Governor Naru said he cannot see an end to current power outages, and it was about time Morobe looked at alternative forms of energy that could be utilised effectively in the province.