Papua New Guinea Renewable Energy

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The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) committed at the Pacific Energy Summit to support the Papua New Guinea government in achieving the country's renewable energy goals. GHD has been engaged by MFAT to provide the advisory and engineering services to implement the aid programme that seeks to:

  • Expand access to electricity for particularly remote communities and facilitate further improvement
  • Maintain the percentage of electricity sourced from renewable and sustainable energy sources
  • Implement effective community engagement to identify local community requirements, concerns and expectations
  • Develop an appropriate business model for ongoing operation and ownership

After comprehensive research and investigations, a long list was developed and presented to MFAT that included several types of renewable projects. Three provinces were selected for the detailed studies which provided more opportunities to meet the programme objectives; Central Province, Eastern Highlands and East Sepik.

The feasibility study and detailed design has been completed for the first tranche of the programme in East Sepik. Tranche 1 is a hybrid PV/Diesel system and will supply electricity to five villages: Ambunti, Malu, Avatip, and Kandinge- Nyaurange.

The system features a central PV farm to meet 70% of projected demand, a battery bank, back-up diesel generators with the capacity to provide all of the load during extended periods of minimal solar radiation and 10 km of HV network to take the power to the outer extremes of the villages. The system will provide affordable, reliable and clean energy to more than 1000 households.

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