Enga Hydropower – Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea, a major exporter of petroleum energy (particularly liquid natural gas, LNG) faces huge challenges in providing electrical power to its substantial and rapidly growing rural population.

Hydro-power provides a promising option in the country’s extensive mountainous terrain and some small schemes already exist.  The Tsak Valley in the remote Enga province has a number of fast flowing rivers and on the joint initiative of the local Member for Parliament and the New Zealand High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea, Fraser Thomas were engaged in early 2013 to do a prefeasibility study.

On the strength of the prefeasibility report, we were subsequently engaged to undertake a feasibility study and teamed up with some of the leading specialists in New Zealand to examine the scope to use leading-edge technology for storage and hybridization with solar power.  The study was completed in 2014 and the implementation phase has commenced, with joint New Zealand and Papua New Guinea government financing.

Expertise provided:

  • Surveying
  • Resource management planning
  • Civil
  • Environmental
  • Geotechnical
  • Hydropower engineering
  • Alternative energy options analysis

Project cycle:

  • Field investigations and consultation
  • Prefeasibility studies
  • Environmental, Social and Institutional analysis
  • Feasibility studies