PNG Power Chief Executive Officer Chris Bais, in a statement today said the shut-down at Rouna 2 Power station over the weekend was mainly to remove debris.
Water was totally drained out of the pond to allow PPL Employees to safely access the screens for cleaning and after four hours of thorough clean – up, the station’s generators and water supply was restored.
The main intake screens at the power station were blocked by debris washed downstream by rain and heavy flooding over the few past weeks.
The blockage restricted Rouna 2 from picking up its normal load of 30 Megawatts and the power station generated below 20 Megawatts.
The cleaning exercise was also vital to avoid excessive debris and silt to enter Eda Ranu’s Treatment plants.
It is an operational requirement for the power station to be shut down on a given time frame to clean the intake screens and avoid unnecessary load shedding in Port Moresby.
PNG Power sincerely apologises for any inconveniences caused to Port Moresby city residents.
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