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‘Port Moresby To Be Transformed’


Source: Post-Courier



Port Moresby will be transformed to world standard as months draw near for Papua New Guinea to host one of the biggest meeting ever – the 2018 APEC Summit next November.

APEC Minister Justin Tkatchenko and APEC PNG director general Sir Charles Lepani said in a conference yesterday that compared to Vietnam and other economies that hosted APEC already, PNG, which is APEC-ready, has very unique infrastructure specifically the APEC House that stands out, with all preparation now two to three weeks ahead of schedule.

Mr Tkatchenko and Sir Charles said yesterday that everything is now falling in line and have assured that the Government is ready to host this meeting come November next year.

They spoke about visa arrangements, airport arrangements, security arrangements, accommodation and every other operation that are vital for the summit.

“Logistic, protocol, security and every other preparation is now under control,” Mr Tkatchenko said.

“I can give confidence to the people of Papua New Guinea that your government through our Prime Minister will be prepared APEC ready in 2018 and with all the lead-up meetings to host the very successful APEC CEO and Leaders Summit and sideline meetings throughout the country.”



Plans For Law To Monitor Foreign Researchers In PNG

Minister for Higher Education, Research Science and technology, Pila Niningi, has assured that amendments are to be made to monitor foreign research coming into the country.


He said it is time to have this legislation passed to ensure research done is conducted in a manner that benefits PNG.


The Minister was responding to recommendations made by the PNG Science and Technology, today in Port Moresby, when attending their 3rd Meeting of the year.


The academics mostly stressed that many researchers are coming into the country at will and conducting research to gather and prosper in their academic qualifications.


This they said needs to be urgently monitored and regulated so that Higher Institutions are aware and collaborate to find out what purpose of research.


He says in this way the research can be justifiable if it is in the interest of the country other than personal gains.


The Minister gave further assurance that this is very serious and will be brought to the National Executive Council to be deliberated with.

Author: Tracey Parr of Loop PNG.

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

Royalties on track: Pok

November 8, 2017

Source: The National

THE Government has resumed the task of identifying landowners, particularly in the pipeline (Gulf and Southern Highlands) and upstream (Hela) areas of the PNG LNG project.

Petroleum Minister Dr Fabian Pok said once the landowner beneficiary identification (LOBID) process was completed, landowners would receive their royalty payments of more than K150 million deposited at the central bank.


Teams from the department left for one of the sites this week to begin the exercise.
“My department started the LOBID process in 2013-2015. Substantial work has been done in various licence areas,” Pok said.


“The current exercise which starts this week aims to conclude it. We appeal to all landowners and leaders to assist with the LOBID process so that the benefits distribution can commence as was done at the LNG plant site (in Central).


“We also encourage the landowners to withdraw any legal proceedings that are currently on-foot. Other landowners who might be contemplating new proceedings should not do so.


“We are looking at a minimum of four weeks to complete the LOBID process.”
Pok said landowners of the Papua LNG project would have to be identified before the project could begin.


Kumul Petroleum Holdings Ltd managing director Wapu Sonk clarified that court cases that halted the landowner identification process in recent years did not directly involve royalties.


“All court cases we talked about are really on BDGs (business development grants), IDGs (infrastructure development grants), high impact projects, those side benefits,” he said.
“The core benefits from the project are royalties, development levy and free-carried equity that is managed by the Mineral Resource Development Company.”


Source: The National
MINERAL Resources Development Company managing director Augustine Mano says landowners will be paid their benefits once certain processes are carried out following the verification of clan-vetting information.
Petroleum Minister Fabian Pok said yesterday said the clan-vetting exercise had resumed for some areas of the PNG LNG project.
Mano said there were two sorts of benefits for the landowners.
“The royalties are with the Central Bank (Bank of Papua New Guinea) and the equity is with us (MRDC),” he said.
“This process is very critical for us to release both the royalties and equities because ultimately we’ll pay the royalties and equities.
“This clan-vetting exercise can take up to four weeks, depending on the status on the ground. After that, we’ll have a ministerial determination.
“After the ministerial determination, then we will open the accounts. After we open the accounts, then we will have elections of respective directors and chairmen of pipeline and PDL (petroleum development licence) areas. After that, the benefits will be paid.
“It is important that landowners must understand that the same precedent we did with plant site landowners will also be applied to the pipeline and PDL.”
He is hoping that the process would be sorted out before Christmas.
Meanwhile, Pok said following the successful distribution of royalty benefits to the plant site landowners, the department was focusing on the completion of the clan-vetting exercise in the other impact areas.

‘Exercise Pukpuk’ a step towards 2018 APEC

The recently-completed Exercise Pukpuk is just one piece of the whole preparation of the 1RPIR to support the PNGDF and the Government deliver security to APEC 2018.



This was highlighted by the Commanding Officer for the 1RPIR, Lt. Colonel Boniface Aruma, who told media that the battalion will be the main joint task force group that will provide security for APEC.



Aruma says his troops have already embarked on conventional operations training, which commenced last month and will finish on the 15th of December.



“The personnel are out on field going through conventional operations which is the basic fundamental of war fighting.



“It’s living in the jungle, operating in the jungle and fighting the war in the jungle,” he says.



“If they know the basic fundamentals and are very competent in their profession on how to live and fight the war in the jungle then that sets the conditions for them and makes it easy for our soldiers to transition into conducting security operations inside towns and cities.”



Aruma says for the troops to be effective and efficient in their tasks, they need to go through the fundamentals first.



“Each infantry soldier in the battalion is required to complete a combat fitness which is a 25km march that you need to complete in 6 hours with a minimum of 30 to 40kg pack.



“Those are steps that we have taken as a unit to really solidify the conventional skills of fighting the war in the jungle.”



The troops have been out on training for the past two weeks with initial foundations training in Taurama then onto Goldie then finishing off with the 25km pack march.



Meanwhile, following the wrap up of the conventional operations training yesterday, Aruma says the troops will go for a brief break then onto urban operations training, which will start in January 2018.


Julianna Waeda

Inception workshop to strengthen food production

An inception workshop is underway at the National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) headquarters, outside Lae, to put into perspective issues associated with food production.



The project “Strengthening food production capacity and the resilience to drought of vulnerable communities” is funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by NARI in partnership with provincial and district administrations, and other relevant NGOs.



The workshop is expected to attract over 40 representatives from 20 districts of 11 lowland provinces to be covered under this project. Senior managers of NARI and representatives from EU office in PNG are also expected to participate in this event.



The two-day event starts on Wednesday, 25 October and ends on Thursday, 26 October.



It is expected to provide an opportunity for participants to establish common understanding on the objectives, major activities to be undertaken and the expected outcomes of the project.



The overall objective of the workshop is to gather all potential partners to select and confirm target project sites in each of the identified districts, plan activities for year one and firm up partnership arrangements in order to start the implementation phase.



The 4-year project, launched in May, is expected to be completed in 2021. The overall objective of this Euro 3 million EU supported project is to contribute to achieving a greater resilience of smallholder farming and rural communities in PNG to abiotic stresses arising from seasonal weather patterns, climate change or natural disasters impacting on their livelihoods.



The full implementation phase is expected to commence in January next year and will cover various sites in Madang, Morobe, East Sepik, Sandaun, Manus, West New Britain, Central, Milne Bay, Western, Gulf and Northern provinces. These target sites, selected based on assessment reports of various institutions, including the PNG National Disaster Centre, have been found to be among the worst affected areas during the recent 2015 – 2016 El Niño induced drought.



NARI, as the lead implementing agency, hopes to use this workshop organised for provinces in the Momase and Islands region to formalise partnerships and to obtain the commitment of respective provinces and districts to provide their support for the successful implementation of the project.



A similar workshop is planned for the provinces in the southern region in mid-November.



(Participants of the official launching of the project on Kiriwina, Milne Bay Province, last May)


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