Norwegian firm Multiconsult will assist Papua New Guinea Power Ltd. in the refurbishment of two existing hydropower plants; the 18 MW Yonki dam and the 10 MW Warangoi HPP. They will also be overseeing the construction of the new 3 MW Ramazon hydropower plant.
The work will take place as part of the Asian Development Bank financed project “Town Electrification Investment Program, Tranche 2”.
The Yonki Toe of Dam (YTOD) hydropower plant, and Warangoi hydropower plant, are currently operating below their full capacities. After rehabilitation, these plants will be capable of operating at their total rated capacity of 28 MW-18 MW YTOD and 10 MW Warangoi plant. Moreover, the proposed rehabilitation will extend the economic life of these plants by another 20 to 25 years and ensure that they are brought to current standards.
The Ramazon run-of-river small hydropower plant will have a preliminary capacity of 3 MW. The project will include construction of a concrete weir, 5 km pipeline, penstock, powerhouse, and new access road from the existing road to the powerhouse and internal roads within the project area.
“We are immensely proud of this project,” said Tom Ødegaard, Sales Director Renewable Energy.
Despite a huge hydropower and geothermal potential, PNG has one of the lowest electrification ratios in Asia with only 20% and per capita electricity consumption.
Multiconsult has built up a strong presence in Papua New Guinea and is currently working as transaction advisor for PNG Power Ltd to the Naoro Brown Hydropower Project, and for the World Bank on the Assessment of Benefit Sharing in Hydropower Projects for Papua New Guinea.