Rosalyn Albaniel | Post Courier | November 29, 2016
PRIME Minister Peter O’Neill says cabinet has not received any proposal on the coal-fired power plants that Australian-based company, Mayur Resources, is proposing to establish to remedy the country’s power deficiencies.
Mr O’Neill was responding to questions on the proposal by Australian company Mayur Resources to build three coal-fired power stations in the country. Furthering its implications is the climate change initiatives PNG has signed up to.
Mayur Resources is proposing to build three of what it says are multi-fuel facilities with clean coal technology and not standard coal-fired power plants.
The first has been earmarked for Lae city and which will supply 50 megawatts of electricity at a cost between K300 million and K400 million using coal that would be mined and shipped from Gulf Province.
The other two power stations will be built in Madang and Port Moresby.
Mr O’Neill said it was early days still to jump to any conclusion as to whether this was going to be an issue that would be bad for the country.
However, Mr O’Neill said advice would be sought from appropriate experts including from Conservation and Environment Protection Authority before any conclusive decision was reached on this project.
“It is quite obvious that coal generated energy is much cheaper than even hydro, gas and everything else and that is why countries like Australia and all the other big countries like Japan and India are using coal today as we speak.
“We must have an open mind but yes we are signatories to the climate change outcomes including COP21 and we will have to comply with them.
“We have already accepted that through Parliament and we have no choice but to work within that framework,” Mr O’Neill said.