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Construction for Edevu power station on track


The Edevu hydro power station construction is on schedule, with all work to be completed by the end of September, 2023.

The Edevu power project, opened in April this year, will supply 54 megawatts into the Port Moresby grid with 2x turbines each producing 27 megawatts.

The current peak loan demand in Port Moresby grid is 132 megawatts.

PNG Power chairman McRonald Nale said Edevu’s bigger sized generating units with higher inertia will add stability to the Port Moresby grid.

“With Edevu, Port Moresby grid will have an improved ability to withstand electrical shocks and disturbances, thereby reducing network blackouts.

Having high inertia machines from Edevu will significantly reduce total system outages caused by network cascading effects.

Edevu hydro power brings clean, fuel free and low-cost power to supply increasing demand in the Port Moresby grid,” Mr Nale said.

PPL estimates about 40 to 50 megawatts are produced and utilised by large industries off grid due to reliability issues.

“With low cost power from Edevu hydro, this will improve network regulation and improved attention to our customers through a range of initiatives, including Amnesty Program and Feeder Team Management, we believe the industries not on the PPL grid will reconnect,” Mr Nale said.

PNG Hydro Development Ltd managing director Allan Guo said the total towers of the main transmission lines to be built from Edevu to the Moitaka is 104.

“Work on erecting and stringing of towers is completed from tower 1- tower 39. From tower 39 — 89, erection of towers completed without stringing.

This week, our contractors will be working on towers 90 — 95, that is doing the foundation work and so forth,” Mr Guo said.

By the end of September, PNG Power will officially do the technical commissioning for the Edevu Hydro Power Station, and will run on full operation for three days, before final tests are done and the official commissioning takes place.