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Progess On Track for Gas-for-power Plant outside Port Moresby

Meriba Tulo –  EMTV News, Port Moresby

Progress on a gas-for-power plant outside Port Moresby is on track, with hopes for an additional 57 megawatts to the Port Moresby Grid to be available by the end of this year.

Niupower, a joint venture between Kumul Petroleum and Oil Search Limited, today (July 18) provided an update on the power plant construction.

In a massive boost to the project, the six generators for the plant have arrived in the country and are being installed, signalling a major step towards making gas-to-power a reality.

Members of the media were today provided an overview of progress at the NiuPower facility, adjacent to the PNG LNG Plant Site, outside Port Moresby.

This project, when completed is expected to provide much needed additional power into the Port Moresby grid, by utilising gas from the PNG LNG Project.

According to the project Civil Structural Inspector, Rodney Ipape, work is progressing well, with a major component of the project, the six generators, having arrived in the country from Finland.

They are being installed, which mark a significant achievement for the project With Niupower supplying gas for the Port Moresby grid, there are hopes this will enable huge savings for electricity provider, PNG Power.

The project is aiming to begin initial testing towards the end of this year, with the aim to have the project in full swing by the start of 2019.

This project aims to utilise 10 million cubic feet of gas each day to provide over 57 megawatts of electricity.

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