PNG Power calls on landowners to stop cutting electricity lines

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PNG Power is calling on landowners in the Highlands region to respect electricity infrastructure and not damage it.
PNG Power Limited acting managing director Carolyn Blacklock said power supply infrastructure was vital for electricity services.
Electricity supply in some Highlands provinces were affected after landowners in Chimbu chopped down trees which fell on power lines.
“These were not faults on our system but rather landowners causing vandalism and cutting trees (to fall) onto our power lines,” she said.
PNG Power experienced two separate outages on the Ramu Grid which supplies the region.
“The first incident was last Thursday at Chuave, in Chimbu. After negotiations with landowners, power was restored on Saturday evening,” she said.
“On Sunday evening, another tree was cut onto the power line at Kundiawa.”
She said power supply was being restored.
“Power supply into Jiwaka, Western Highlands, Enga and Southern Highlands were affected.”
The provinces affected used diesel generators and the Pauanda mini-hydro power supply to provide electricity for their towns.

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