The people of Hela are fortunate to finally receive a power project that will eventually light up the province in the near future.
A new power substation will be built at Wabia to run a 33kva power transmission line that will connect the province and other main centres of the Highlands region.
The project is an initiative of Kumul Petroleum Holding Ltd (KPHL) in partnership with PNG Power Ltd (PPL).
KPHL Managing Director Mr. Wapu Sonk, said the substation will be built at a cost of K67million, however, the connection to Southern Highlands province will see the whole project costing go up to K100million.
“Kumul Petroleum sees electricity as a very important service because it will improve the Human Development Index,” said Mr. Sonk.
Mr. Sonk said the second phase of the project will see PNG Power connecting the schools, health facilities, business houses and residential areas to the power grid.
Once completed, the power facility will use gas from the LNG project to generate electricity, which will see a cheaper electricity service compared to using diesel power generators to supply electricity.
Mr. Sonk also thanked the O’Neill/Abel Government for the support to this initiative and the KPHL Board for approving this massive project.
The official ground breaking ceremony of the new power substation took place on Friday witnessed by hundreds of locals.