PNG government still pushing dirty coal

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Concerns raised over Lae Coal Power Plant Proposal
Scott Waide | EMTV News | 3 November 2016

The Morobe Provincial Government says it is conducting its own due diligence tests on a National Government driven proposal to establish a coal-fired power plant in Lae City.

It is understood discussions are currently underway with an unnamed foreign investor. However, PNG Power would not divulge other details of the discussions.

When contacted today, the Morobe Governor, Kelly Naru, told EMTV that he was aware of the discussions but the Provincial Government had not agreed to any terms and conditions.

“Discussions are ongoing and MPG is doing its own due diligence on concerns like environmental impacts and other issues.”

Pollution concerns have become the topic of discussion as environmental groups intensify a campaign to raise awareness over the impact a coal-fired power station would have on the local population and the environment.

“Is the best way to address PNG’s electricity shortfalls building a coal fired power plant?” Nogat Coal PNG asked on Twitter.

For the country of 8 million people it is a delicate balance. On the international front, Papua New Guinea has presented itself as a global member seriously concerned about climate change and alternative energy. But as other countries push for the reduction of coal use, PNG has initiated the discussions much to the dismay of international observers.

On the home front, Papua New Guineans have had to contend with ongoing power outages as the inefficiencies in power generation continue largely unabated.

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One response to “PNG government still pushing dirty coal

  1. Moses Wininga

    The Government will not always introduce new ideas and bills like the use of coal.There has been a long term research done on coal already and the good and bad side have been brought to the attention of the Government and have a confidence now to start the coal mining and its coal power.

    I will give my land to develop coal as all my natural water tables are all soaked with coal and limestone related copper shulfide minerals.My Life and my Ori village of Nuku District have a very unhyginic water that is dangerous to health as a result of minerals surplusity.

    On Fri, Nov 4, 2016 at 7:25 AM, Papua New Guinea Mine Watch wrote:

    > ramunickel posted: ” See also: Incompetent government all at sea over coal > Concerns raised over Lae Coal Power Plant Proposal Scott Waide | EMTV News > | 3 November 2016 The Morobe Provincial Government says it is conducting > its own due diligence tests on a National Gove” >

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