by Sasha Pei-Silovo – EM TV Online
The residents of the National Capital District and surrounding areas can expect more interruptions to electricity supply, for an unspecified period. This was revealed by PNG Power Limited who issued a load shedding schedule for residents to be made aware of the power disruptions.
The power interruptions are being caused by a shortfall in generation capacity, brought on by the decreased level of water flow into the Rouna Hydro Power Stations – the result of the dry weather patterns experienced in the area and the collapse of the two gas turbines at the PNG Power Kanudi station.
The Rouna system is the principal source of generation for the Port Moresby system which serves the NCD and parts of the Central province. The Rouna system is comprised of four hydro stations, [Rouna 1, 2, 3 and 4 located on the Laloki River which is 9.31 kilometres long and about 30 kilometres from the city of Port Moresby] controlled water storage in the Sirinumu Reservoir and a small generating set at the stump of the Sirinumu Dam.
The total electricity generating capacity from the Rouna Power Stations is 62.2 megawatts.
The Kanudi station, utilised as base load, supplies another 24 megawatts to the Port Moresby system.
The load shedding of power will continue throughout the remainder of the week and PNG Power assures residents that they are working on rectifying the situation to restore electricity supply to normalcy.
Persons who wish to obtain load shedding schedules can contact PNG Power on their website, facebook page or call the PNG Power Call Centre numbers – landline 3036100, or mobile numbers 70908000, 76535261 and 76535272; or email them to email@example.com .