By Delly Waigeno – EM TV News, Port Moresby
Key stakeholders of the Naoro Brown Hydro Project met at a workshop today to get an update on progress.
The Naoro Brown Hydro Project is expected to give another 80 Megawatts into the Port Moresby electricity system.
The workshop gave updates on the progress of the feasibility studies done so far.
In 2010, PNG Power embarked on a detailed feasibility study into the Naoro Brown Hydro scheme in the Mt Koiari area in Central Province.
The study was in line with the company’s Power Development Plan to increase Port Moresby’s current generation capacity and improve system reliability.
Landowners, government departments, the World Bank, and other stakeholders were present today to hear the outcome of that study.
The landowners gave their position, saying they were happy about the project but added they want to be part of decision making, especially when it comes to their welfare.
Naoro Brown Hydro Project Manager, Francis Uratun, said an Information and Communications Strategy is being developed to ensure consistent dialogue between all parties at all stages of the project.
If it goes ahead, the Naoro Brown Hydro Project will be the country’s biggest hydro project; bigger than Sirinumu and Yonki.
Uratun said the Naoro Brown Hydro Project is expected to be on tender by December 2016, where development will then commence.