by Bridgette Komatep – EM TV, Port Moresby
With the recent shortfalls and power generation in NCD, PNG Power has been using the newly-installed Kanudi gas turbine for the past couple of weeks.
Dry conditions in NCD and parts of Central Province have resulted in the drop of water levels at Sirinumu Dam Reservoir, supplier of the Rouna Hydro Power Station.
The Kanudi gas turbine produces 24 megawatts of power into the Port Moresby system.
PNG Power management has commended the government of PNG, particularly Prime Minister Peter O’Neill for having the vision to facilitate the purchase of the new turbines.
PPL was thankful to the Government of PNG, in particular the Prime Minister Peter O’Neill for having the foresight and vision to facilitate the purchase of the new turbine power plant. Mr O’Neill commissioned the gas turbine on September 18, 2014.
The process in which the generators were purchased caused much controversy and Opposition Leader and Vanimo-Green MP Belden Namah had since filed a complaint to the fraud and anti-corruption office in late April.
PNG Power acknowledged the patience and understanding of the general public during this period of dry weather and will strive to continue to take all necessary steps in its disposal to increase generation capacity to meet consumer demands in NCD and parts of Central Province.