PPL intends to keep power on

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PNG Power Ltd (PPL) is providing essential services even though its non-essential staff are working from home due to the national state of emergency and lockdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
PPL acting chief executive officer Douglas Mageo said if there were any blackouts, it would probably due to the weather.
Port Moresby has experienced heavy rain over the last few days.
“Breakdown will occur in respect to weather or wear and tear and we are working with our sister state-owned enterprises to ensure critical supplies and personnel are transported to centres requiring assistance to keep the lights on,” Mageo said.
He gave assurance to the business community and the public that power supply would be maintained.
“As long as we have fuel, we will continue to provide electricity.
“We have received confirmation from our fuel suppliers and independent power producer that they will continue to generate power to the grid.”
He urged the public to respect PPL workers who were doing their jobs on site.
“Respect our employees who are tasked to keep the lights on, minimise contact with them and maintain safe distances,” Mageo said.
“For the public, don’t touch the face or eat unless you have washed your hands.
“When you return home from work, wash your hands before you touch anything and have your shower immediately.”
Mageo also advised being calm, prayerful and relaxed.


  • Electricity is a necessary utility even during crisis periods. There is no need to report it as of this was out of ordinary. PPL is mandated and duty bound to continue providing power. Either the acting MD is stupid to say it or the reporter is dumb enough to put pen to paper.

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