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Basil planning big energy push

Communications, Information Technology, and Energy Minister Sam Basil plan to seek the National Executive Council’s approval to roll out Bulolo’s sustainable energy programmes throughout the country.
“I will also seek off-grid solutions that can be provided by investing in micro-hydro, solar, wind small-scale geothermal, biomass and smart technologies like in my electorate,” he said.
Basil was speaking during the opening the first Ramu grid round-table workshop for key stakeholders of the Ramu Power Grid on Friday.
Themed “Towards accessible, reliable and affordable electricity, as a key enabler for economic growth and prosperity”, the workshop was aimed at providing the participants the opportunity to describe their current consumption levels and future demand requirements and what they were willing to pay for electricity.
Basil said that the Government’s recent undertaking as outlined in the Alotau Accord 2 was to create an environment in Papua New Guinea where it would continue to develop and maintain key productivity infrastructure assets, including utilities such as electricity to create a public-private partnership in the energy sector to improve and upgrade provision of accessible, reliable and affordable electricity in PNG.
“The National Development Strategic Plan 2030 projects that by the year 2030, 70 percent of the population will have access to electricity in PNG,” he said.
“I consider this to be a major challenge, however, I believe that an initiative such as the National Electricity Roll Out Plan (NEROP) has the potential to contribute significantly to this projection if resourced and implemented.
“NEROP requires government funding, however, for this to happen, NEC must sanction this plan. I intend to take NEROP to Cabinet for consideration and approval.”
He said the Ramu grid was the largest of three systems in PNG covering seven provinces (Morobe, Madang, Eastern Highlands, Chimbu, Western Highlands, Jiwaka and Enga) with 1.1 million households within 20km of the current grid and would drive the economic heartland of PNG.

Qatar’s Broadening Economic Base Offers Opportunities for PNG

 

The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, has concluded a series of high level meetings with Government Officials in the State of Qatar, from which he anticipates will come greater technical co-operation and investment from a country that has transitioned into the LNG market as is the current experience of Papua New Guinea.

 

Following meetings with Qatar’s Prime Minister, Finance Minister and other senior Government Officials, while on his return from the APEC Summit in Viet Nam, Prime Minister O’Neill said the key outcome of the visit is a further demonstration of the urgent need for Papua New Guinea to properly diversify the Nation’s economic base.

 

“We have been talking about diversifying our economy to maximise gains for some time, and now is the time to act so we can build our key sectors into the future,” the Prime Minister said at the meetings in Doha.

 

“There is great potential for creating thousands of new jobs, establishing new skills and stimulating small business.

 

“From humble beginnings, Qatar has diversified its economic base better than most resource-focused economies around the world.

 

“While oil and gas remain the cornerstone of its economy, Qatar has made inroads into downstream processing and other energy related fields.

 

“Qatar has also leveraged its resources boom to expand the tourism sector, and made substantial investment in agriculture around the world.

 

“The perspective from our engagement in Qatar is clear, that we have to not only get the most from expanding our LNG production, but we have to utilise these gains to diversify production and jobs in our economy.”

 

The Prime Minister said following the visit this week, a delegation from Kumul Consolidated Holdings, as well as other Government agencies and private sector representatives, will meet with officials in Qatar.

 

“The Qatar Prime Minister and I have agreed that we will bring together a joint forum to look at capacity building and investment opportunities between Papua New Guinea and Qatar.

 

“As an emerging economy, Papua New Guinea must take advantage of new opportunities to expand the economy. Importantly we must move beyond the boom-and-bust cycles that comes with dependency on global energy prices.

 

“In doing so we will draw on the experience and capacity building opportunities from countries like Qatar, and our other partners around the world.

 

“I look forward to tangible outcomes from the discussions that have taken place over the past two days, and delivering additional policy initiatives to work with the private sector.

 

“I thank the Prime Minister of Qatar, Ahmed Bin Jassim Bin Mohammed Al-Thani, for his invitation for Papua New Guinea to undertake an Official Visit to his country.”

 

Photo: Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, meeting with Qatar Prime Minister, Ahmed Bin Jassim Bin Mohammed Al-Thani, meeting in Doha on Tuesday.

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Simulator Plant Constructed For Kumul Petroleum Academy

Source: Post Courier
November 14, 2017
BY JEFFREY ELAPA

The simulated safe live processing plant (SLPP) at the Kumul Petroleum Academy at Idubada near Port Moresby would be fully commissioned by the New Year after work started on it this week.


It (SLPP) will be the first to be installed in the region to train oil and gas technicians and operators in PNG.


The SLPP plant or simulator is specifically designed to train and equip young trainees as in a real work place like the processing facilities that are in Hides and Kutubu.


The construction and installation of the processing plant was witnessed by chief secretary and chairman of Kumul Petroleum Academy Isaac Lupari, Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited managing director Wapu Sonk and CEO and managing director of Site Group International Vern Wills yesterday.


The training facility was bought at a total cost of more than K4 million for trainee students to use for their training purpose which is similar to the processing plants at Kutubu and Hides.


So far there are 32 students undertaking the 15 months training of which 16 of them were funded by ExxonMobil while the other 16 trainees were funded by Kumul Petroleum Holding Limited.


Site Group International technical manager, Michael Costelloe said the facility is like a real work situation in which there will be a main control centre to control the processing plant.
He said instead of oil and gas, the facility will use air, water and oil which will be passed through a mixture which will be transported to a oil processor to separate the oil, air and water as in a real processing plant where oil, gas and water is separated.


Mr Costelloe said by having the facility like that will help better train and equip the trainees as they face the real life experience at the work place.


Mr Sonk said the installation of the stimulated safe live processing plant will not only train trainees for the oil and gas projects but other fields also.


The Prime Minister Mr Peter O’Neill will commission the facility in February next year.

Maru singles out regulation of electricity industry

Source: The National

10th November 2017

 

By LUKE KAMA 
NATIONAL Planning and Monitoring Minister Richard Maru says a different body needs to regulate the electricity industry.

 
He said the cost of electricity in the country was among the highest in the world.

 
He gave K3.5 million yesterday to PNG Power Limited to install a transmission line from Popondetta to Girua Airport in Northern.

 
“I can say that the cost of electricity in Papua New Guinea is one of the highest in the world,” Maru said.

 
“And the challenge is how we, as a country, can make electricity cheap so that most of our people can have access to electricity, because it is sad that almost 80 per cent of our people are still without access to electricity.”

 
He challenged PNG Power to come up with strategic reforms which would use the rentable energy sectors.
“Producing electricity through generators using diesel is very expensive,” Maru said.
“We need to do away with that and move to renewable energy sources so that we can reduce the cost. That reduction can be passed onto the consumers to access cheaper electricity.”

 

 

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

Minister Basil Appointed to Drive Technological Advancement in Communications, Information Technology and Energy

Approved for Release: 18 October 2017
Office of the Prime Minister,Papua New Guinea
 
The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, has announced a realignment in ministerial portfolio allocations with the appointment of Hon. Sam Basil MP as Minister Responsible for Communications, Information Technology and Energy.
 
The changes in portfolios will strengthen the National Government’s focus on key growth sectors that will have a direct impact on business development and community advancement.
 
“Minister Basil will be responsible for the energy and communications sectors that are crucial for growing a modern economy,” the Prime Minister said.
 
“I have great confidence in the minister’s capacity to meet both the challenges and opportunities that our country faces in these areas.
 
“There are clear synergies between the energy and communications sectors brought about by technological advances that are enabling Papua New Guinea to deliver positive change not only in urban areas, but also in rural and remote areas.
 
“The global energy sector is continually evolving with access to more cost-effective power generation and Papua New Guinea must be at the forefront of harnessing new technologies.
 
“Modern sources of energy production are more efficient and environmentally friendly, reducing the impact on local ecologies and reducing the causes of climate change.
 
“Through embracing renewable technologies, more energy can be harvested locally and does not require the same infrastructure that was needed with traditional energy delivery.
 
“We will continue to advance a balanced approach to energy production and supply, using existing technologies where appropriate and deploying new technology across the country.
 
“Strengthening our energy security and ensuring access to power for our people enables business to expand and helps our communities develop.”
 
PM O’Neill said similar to the energy sector, information technology has seen generational change in the way people communicate.
 
“As a developing country we must step deeper into the digital world and deliver access to better communications for our people.
 
“The Internet, smart phones and more secure platforms for communication are all part of the communications revolution that has been taking place in recent years.
 
“Papua New Guinea has already seen one of the most rapid up-takes of new digital communications in the world and we must increase penetration into remote areas.
 
“Through better communications, people around the country have access to information that changes lives.
 
“Doctors can access the latest techniques to better treat illnesses and injuries, teachers can deliver improved education for their students, and families can stay in touch regardless of distance.
 
“Several years ago APEC committed to achieve village access to the Internet as a baseline and we are working to achieve this goal.
 
“As Minister, Sam Basil will make sure there is increased consultation with our partners and global experts, and work through APEC to improve access to improved technologies that can be implemented at the local level.”
 
The Prime Minister thanked outgoing Communications Minister, Hon. Francis Maneke MP, for his service as Minister and expressed his appreciation to embrace the Cabinet reshuffle.
 
“Ours is a Coalition Government in which we must have representation in the Cabinet for all partners in the Government.
 
“There is a set number of Cabinet positions available, and I thank the Honourable Member, Francis Maneke, for placing the interests of the Government and the Nation above all else.
 
“He is a very capable Member and Minister and has a strong ministerial future in the years ahead.
 
“In our system of Government it is essential that we continue to evolve Cabinet and Ministerial allocations in the interest of ensuring consultation and diversity of representation.
 
“Together, in our Government, across districts and provinces, and agencies and departments, we will work together to deliver positive change for the people of Papua New Guinea.”