PAPUA New Guinea is blessed with numerous pristine mountains and rivers, with high rainfall in the sense that we can get hydropower anywhere in the mountainous region.
Even wasted energy from the LNG is not utilised.
The commercialisation of the LNG wasted gas energy is optimal as in the case of gas-power commercialisation by Dirio Gas & Power Company.
Hydropower is wasted energy when not utilised. The high rainfall in most areas of the country provide for numerous rivers, all with good volume and flow rate.
These can provide both a source of clean, sustainable power, water for export and carbon credits. A single dam on the Purari River, for example, can provide five times the required on and off grid current power requirement for the country, but instead they have resorted to the coal seam west of Herd Base up the Purari River for the coal-fired power by Mayur Resources.
Climate change is a major threat to livelihoods in PNG.
Gulf Governor Chris Haiveta reiterated in The National on March 22 that coal was a base-load power while energy sources like solar, hydro and wind fluctuates.
Is base-load power really relevant? Because solar and wind are intermittent, hydro can be used to balance intermittent solar and wind, but experts say the term is a “dinosaur” that has been misunderstood and that no longer can apply to our dynamic energy market. Demand varies hugely and energy production needs to be responsive.
Coal-fired power stations can take days to fire up from cold to full capacity and when demand slumps during off-peak periods, shutting down isn’t an option.
So when these power plants are being built in PNG, a market solution will be created. To stop them from having to turn off overnight, the regulators and the operators will offer very, very low-cost electricity for consumers to run their electrification systems, which will in turn sustain the ‘base-load’ on the power station.
The thought of producing clean coal is just a notion made by the coal company and its proponents and promoting coal as clean is a little bit just like an advertising slogan. As the saying goes, whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster.
Power-lust is a weed that grows only in the vacant lots of an abandoned mind.
Clean energy will only be generated from hydro, solar, wind, tide, geothermal and bio-fuels.
By then, the energy from fossil fuel is replaced by clean energy and environmental degradation and climate change is minimized.
Remember not to be charmed into promises or offers to receive any property or benefit for your greed to satiate your desires.