The National, Friday October 11th, 2013
PNG Power received its works order on Wednesday to remove 10 power poles to allow work at Vidar to continue for the Pacific Marine Industrial Park.
PNG Power asset manager in Madang Bustin Joesph confirmed the order and said some delay was caused by a government department.
“PNG Power got paid K160,000 for the job only last week and I just saw the works order yesterday and am in the process of getting additional manpower in Lae and probably Port Moresby to come see the urgency of the project,” he said.
According to sketches, the entrance to the park will accommodate 10 industrial buildings and a four-lane road.
Joseph did not think current power supply in town was adequate to cover the park once it was fully operational.
“The completed works at Yonki, which is yet to be commissioned, is capable of only 12 megawatts, which will be supplying the Hidden Valley mine as well,” Joseph said.
“We will need to have the Ramu 2 Hydro fast-tracked so that there will be enough power supply for all.”
It is understood that ongoing land issues are slowing the progress of the hydro work.