Powering Social Change in Papua New Guinea

With a population of approximately nine million and, to date, less than 15 percent of that population having access to reticulated power, today marks a step change for Papua New Guinea (PNG) as we see the Port Moresby Power Station begin operations.

WSP and Oil Search are proud to have contributed to the development and delivery of the first grid connected, gas fired power station which will provide reliable and affordable power to the community.

 

Peter Botten, Managing Director, Oil Search says, “This is a world class facility that will deliver a material reduction in the environmental impact from power generation. It’s also a major catalyst for social change in PNG.”

 

 

Owned and operated by independent power producer NiuPower, a company jointly owned by Kumul Energy Limited and Oil Search Limited Power Holdings Limited,  the plant is set to generate up to 58 MW of energy and is the most efficient thermal plant in the country. The plant runs on natural gas supplied from the PNG liquefied natural gas plant located only a few kilometres away.

 

In recent years, the PNG Government have sought to increase private sector investment in the energy sector to secure a reliable and affordable network for its citizens. In addition, it plans to cut emissions between 50-75% by 2030 and has set a clear target to make the nation fully carbon neutral by 2050. The newly opened Port Moresby Power Station will help them on this journey.

 

Peter Skindberg, Project Director and Senior Executive for Power and Energy at WSP says, “The PNG Government’s policy is ambitious. However, it is an incredible step forward for the development of the country and one that will secure its energy future for generations to come.

 

"The power station will assist in reducing CO2 emissions in PNG by around 25% at a national level, and 37% within the Port Moresby region. This is a significant achievement resulting in both environmental and economic benefits for the region.”

 

Working with Oil Search, PNG’s largest single investor and most active explorer, WSP acted as owner’s engineer, providing comprehensive services across the project ranging from conception of project development guidelines to review of contractors’ designs and documents for compliance with EPC arrangements and responses to technical queries. Factory inspections, document control, system integration and management was also delivered while assisting with site phase construction and commissioning.

 

Mr Boden concludes, WSP has been a critical part of our thought process in developing the Port Moresby Power Station in terms of design, capacity and operations. It’s been a very constructive partnership and one we hope to continue into the future.”

 

For more information, watch our video bring the Port Moresby Power Station to life or visit the project page.

 

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