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Fire Service thanks Government for K18mil allocation

THE PNG Fire Service has thanked the Government for the K18 million allocated in the 2018 Budget.
PNG Fire Service chief Bill Roo said the fire authority was happy, and would upgrade its existing fire stations and build new ones.
Roo said over the years, the fire service managed to use whatever funding it was allocated and continued to provide its services.
“Even if we get a cut or an increase, we use whatever is given,” Roo said.
“This year, we have received an increase and we thank the Government for the support.”
Roo said they were willing to work with provincial governments to establish fire services in the provinces.
“We are also looking at building our capacity, get new fire trucks and fix the old ones,” Roo said.
He said the fire service had 14 stations – four in the National Capital District and 10 in other provinces.
“We are looking at upgrading these existing ones and also build fire stations for the other 12 provinces,” Roo said.
“Fire service is essential and we are looking at improving our service delivery.”
Roo said they were also up-skilling officers and upgrading fire service equipment in preparation for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit next year.
The fire service will be celebrating its 50th anniversary tomorrow at the Port Moresby Fire Station – the first fire station in the country.

Gas-powered project to be constructed

 

The National Executive Council has approved a 57.78 megawatts gas-powered project to be constructed near the LNG site outside Port Moresby.

 

 

The announcement was made by Minister for Public Enterprises and State Investments, William Duma, on Friday (Nov 10) during the ground-breaking ceremony of the Kilakila substation in Port Moresby.

 

He said the project will be constructed by an independent power producer (IPP), NiuPower Limited, a joint venture company owned by Oil Search Ltd and Kumul Petroleum Holdings Ltd.

 

 

“The electricity will be sold to PNG Power Ltd (PPL) under a power purchase agreement between PPL and NiuPower.”

 

 

Duma said the project was identified as a critical and special key infrastructure project with significant impact in meeting Port Moresby’s demand for power as well as the potential to reduce PPL’s retail tariffs throughout PNG.

 

 

“The total cost of the power plant project alone is valued at PGK375 million (US$115.1 million), to be equity funded by NiuPower to design, procure, install and commission the project,” said Duma.

 

 

He stated that in order to transfer power generated by the gas fired power plant to the Port Moresby grid, PPL will be constructing a double circuit 66 kilovolt transmission line from the power plant site to a new Gerehu substation.

 

 

“The transmission line and Gerehu substation, including any associated transmission and distribution lines expansions, will be funded by PPL at a cost of K60 million.”

 

 

Duma said the unit cost for producing power through gas compares favourably to other existing and alternative energy sources in Port Moresby.

 

 

“The average power tariff or unit cost to PPL is US$ cents per kilowatt-hour subject to fuel prices and escalation, and this is the cheapest compared to existing PPL generating sources.”

 

 

Duma said the gas fired project will be PPL’s first cost effective IPP ever negotiated by PNG Power Ltd.

 

 

Author: Meredith Kuusa via Loop PNG

Ministry to Tackle Housing Issues

 
The government, through the ministry of housing, is taking steps to address the dire problem of housing in the city.
 
And it will achieve this through an initiative, by the Housing Minister, to set up a housing policy steering committee.
 
The committee held its first meeting on Wednesday, Oct 25.
 
The Housing Policy Steering Committee is made up of the National Housing Corporation and line agencies, including the Department of Lands and Physical Planning, Justice and Attorney General, Office of Urbanization and the National Research Institute, among other stakeholders.
 
The Committee has been tasked to come up with a housing policy for PNG that is workable to address affordable housing, especially in cities like Port Moresby. The last housing policy for PNG was 23 years overdue for a review.
 
Heading the housing policy steering committee is acting NHC managing director, Kenneth Cooke.
 
Housing Minister John Kaupa said the O’Neill-Abel government, under its housing policy, will try its best to provide affordable housing for PNG citizens, and the committee will play a major role in achieving this.
 
While PNG continues to face the chronic problem of affordable housing, the Minister also acknowledged the fact that NHC over the years has a lot of controversial issues that hinder its progress to provide good housing for PNG families.
 
A lack of affordable housing has also forced the creation of many small settlements throughout the city that lack proper hygiene and sanitation, and that’s something the committee will also be looking into.
 
 
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Glenda Popot via Loop PNG

Parkop Plans to Transform NCD into a ‘21st Century City’

August 11, 2017

The National
By MALUM NALU

NATIONAL Capital District Governor Powes Parkop plans to transform Port Moresby over the next five years into a “21st century city”.

“We cannot be complacent anymore. We cannot continue to give excuses or be mediocre about the quality of life and standard of living in our city, the status of infrastructure and so on.

 

“We’ve got to do a quantum leap – not just for the city but for the rest of the nation. The rest of the nation needs a major inspiration. They need to believe that a better future is possible. We’ve given them that possibility over the last nine to 10 years.

 

“We can absolutely do more and even better. That’s what I would like to see in the next five years. I want us to bring our city into the 21st Century. “We can do it. There’s no reason why we can’t do it. We have all the possibilities with us now. We have the experience.”
He was sworn as governor yesterday by Magistrate Tracy Ganaii.
The other NCD MPs are expected to be sworn in today.
Parkop said there were still some hurdles to overcome.
“There are some things that we must have zero-tolerance for,” he said.