Despite the increase in energy supply to the Port Moresby power grid, power transmission is letting the people down with the current poor state of power infrastructures.
This has been the case lately with numerous power outages experienced by residents and business house in the nation’s capital city.
The latest case was yesterday where a High Voltage Line (HVL) fell at Gerehu Stage two at 2:45pm, which caused the Waigani Feeder 4 to trip causing a blackout in the Gerehu suburb. Some parts were restored later in the afternoon while the rest restored in the evening at around 7pm.
Nevertheless, there is a major project coming up very soon that should address this issue. The project was mentioned quite recently by the PNG Power Ltd (PPL) Board Chairman Mr. Peter Nupiri, which would see the maintenance and improvement being done to address the power transmission problem in the city.
“We’re starting to do some work now and through ADB, there is a K60 million funding. Some study going on at the moment to try to understand what’s happening with the grid and how best we can be able to improve,” he said.
Meanwhile according to the state-owned power company, this feasibility study is expected to be completed soon before moving on to the actual project and contractor approval for the start of the project.