PNG energy target 'a joint venture'

THE national power supply targets – 70% of all homes and businesses electrified by 2030 and 100% by 2050 – are workable only if there is greater collaboration between the private sector and state institutions that will be driving the policy.
PNG energy target 'a joint venture' PNG energy target 'a joint venture' PNG energy target 'a joint venture' PNG energy target 'a joint venture' PNG energy target 'a joint venture'

Communications Minister Sam Basil with Gerea Aopi at the energy policy workshop in Port Moresby yesterday

Staff Reporter

This was said by PNG Chamber of Mines and Petroleum president Gerea Aopi when he opened the energy policy dialogue and stakeholder workshop in Port Moresby yesterday.
"The policy this workshop will cover is of significance to all sectors of our economy, including mining and petroleum. There is no doubt Papua New Guinea needs reliable, accessible and most importantly, affordable energy. We are familiar with the current challenges and the issues that all of us are facing. And we are all aware there are solutions available in this country that can help us address these issues," Aopi said.
However, he said, the challenge was how best everyone could work together to harness the opportunities and turn them into energy solutions that could improve lives. 
"We are aware that despite the fact electricity became publicly available over 50 years ago, currently only 13% of the population have electricity access. That indicates to us, the government and the private sector, that we have a mammoth task to ensure we all contribute to making sure the National Energy Policy is properly developed and implemented so that Papua New Guineans can have access to power."
He said the Chamber and the resource industry supported this government initiative as it would become the catalyst to developing and accelerating the growth of small-to-medium enterprises. 
"The petroleum sector has already embarked on looking at alternative energy sources. The Oil Search-supported PNG Biomass project in the Markham plains of Morobe Province is already making progress in this sector and we hope that once the project begins operation, that will complement some of the initiatives captured in this policy."
He said there were also plans to use some of the gas from the PNG LNG project to provide reliable power to rural communities around project areas. 



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