The people of Abau district of the Central province will in the near future have the services of electricity and even water, reaching them.
This was made known in this sitting of parliament by the Minister for State Enterprises, William Duma, when responding to questions from Member for Abau, Sir Puka Temu, on the status of electricity supply to the Central province, especially his electorate of Abau.
Sir Temu said that with the new state of the art Edevu Hydro dam coming on line, there is now sufficient energy supply that would reach both the parts of Central province Eastwards and Westwards and to the Gulf province.
He also mentioned that the Edevu Hydro belts out 54megawatt of electricity and Port Moresby city only currently needs 125megawatt. However, he said that the current supply to the capital city is 152megawatt. This means that there is a 27megawatt of power in excess. Sir Temu asked for the distribution of that 27megawatt to his electorate.
Meanwhile, Minister Duma revealed that the ground works are now in progress to have electricity supplied to parts of Central province and into the Gulf province as well apart from Port Moresby, and Abau would also benefit from it.
“This time around, the people of Abau will receive power. All we need to do now is for the member to work closely with us and we will make sure our people out there receive the power they entitled,” said the minister.
“In addition to this, there are also plans by Water PNG Limited to make sure there is reliable and consistent water supply to the town of Kupiano. So, I can assure the Member that they should be able to get someone form of power connection towards the middle of Next Year.”