Change is on the horizon for Papua New Guinea (PNG) after WSP and Oil Search joined forces to contribute to the development and delivery of the Port Moresby Power Station.
Beginning operations today, WSP and Oil Search helped deliver the first grid connected, gas fired power station which will provide reliable and affordable power to the community.
Working with Oil Search, PNG’s largest single investor and most active explorer, WSP acted as owner’s engineer, providing comprehensive services across the project ranging from conception of project development guidelines to review of contractors’ designs and documents for compliance with EPC arrangements and responses to technical queries.
Factory inspections, document control, system integration and management were also delivered while assisting with site phase construction and commissioning.
Managing director of Oil Search, Peter Botten said WSP has been a critical part of its thought process in developing the Port Moresby Power Station in terms of design, capacity and operations.
“This is a world class facility that will deliver a material reduction in the environmental impact from power generation. It’s also a major catalyst for social change in PNG.”
In recent years, the PNG Government has sought to increase private sector investment in the energy sector to secure a reliable and affordable network for its citizens.
In addition, it plans to cut emissions between 50-75 per cent by 2030 and has set a clear target to make the nation fully carbon neutral by 2050.
The newly opened Port Moresby Power Station will help them on this journey.
Owned and operated by independent power producer NiuPower, a company jointly owned by Kumul Energy and Oil Search Power Holdings, the plant is set to generate up to 58 MW of energy and is the most efficient thermal plant in the country.
The plant runs on natural gas supplied from the PNG liquefied natural gas plant located only a few kilometres away.
Peter Skindberg, project director and senior executive for power and energy at WSP said the PNG government’s policy is “ambitious”.
“It is an incredible step forward for the development of the country and one that will secure its energy future for generations to come,” Skindberg said.
“The power station will assist in reducing CO2 emissions in PNG by around 25 per cent at a national level, and 37 per cent within the Port Moresby region.
“This is a significant achievement resulting in both environmental and economic benefits for the region.”