After years of discussions and planning, landowners in Divune, Sohe electorate inthe Oro Province have agreed with stakeholders to build a proposed Hydro project.
The Minister for Public Enterprise and StateInvestment Ben Micah officially announced yesterdaythe first phase ofthe project.
The hydro project is a major development step for the people of Sohe electorate and Oro Province.
Minister for Public Enterprise and StateInvestmentoBen Micah said an MOU will be signed between stakeholders to mover this project forward.
“It will be done through an MOU betweePNG Power andthe Oro Provincial Government representingthe district andthe landowners,” said Micah. “This MOU will establishthe framework that will guidethe implementation of this project,” he said.
Minister Micah stated thatthe people have suffered enough from provisions of proper power supply.
Oro Governor Garry Juffa saidthe Provincial Government will bethe mediator to bringthe landowners togther.
“I will be discussing withthe landowners on what is going to happen andthe road forward; so we will all work togther as a team to deliver this project to our people, our province and indeed to our country,” said Juffa.
Chief Executive Officer forPNG Power John Tangit’saidthe hydro project will produce 5 megawatts of power but chances of increasing are high.
“PNG Power engineers have done ground work and work will commence beginning next year,” said Tangit.
Sohe MP Delilah Gore was pleased withthe project stating thatthe people who will benefit out ofthe project.
“It’s really good for the people inthe Sohe electorate becausethey have longed for this project to be off-ground for a very long time,” said Gore. “I thanked Minister Micah and Oro Governor for assuring my people that this project will be off-ground,” she said.
The hydro project is a loan agreement funded bythe Asian Development Bank at a total cost of US$30 million.
Caption: Sohe MP Delilah Gore thankful aboutthe Hydro Project.
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