Damaged Lines Causing Power Problems In PNG’s Lae City

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Contractor blamed for cutting down tree that hit two lines

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Jan. 14, 2014) – In Papua New Guinea, Lae City has been badly affected by regular power outages since last week.

PNG Power Ltd said in a statement that people in Lae and surrounding areas would be affected by the load-shedding caused by the damage to a transmission line between Yonki and Madang.

It blamed a tree cut down by a contractor at Eight-Mile which damaged two power lines.

"These caused the system to be unstable and resulted in the machines at Ramu power station at Yonki and Milfordhaven and Taraka power stations in Lae tripping off," the statement said.

"The power stations in Lae have been restarted and load shedding is being carried out until the machines at Ramu power station come back on line.

"Customers with standby generators are asked to use them."

Lae resident John Rakau said: "You can imagine how frustrating it can be when after two hours of power outage, the power supply comes back on.

"And just less than one minute, when you can still hear the chorus from shouts of joy, it goes off again.

"They do not deserve to be given approval by relevant government authorities to increase their rate.

"This is daylight robbery especially when PNG Power’s service is unreliable and ineffective."

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