AFRY Signs MoU on Biomass Project to Progress the Development of Renewable Energy
Oil Search together with AFRY, and the Climate Change and Development Authority of Papua New Guinea are joining forces to raise awareness of the importance of developing renewable energy initiatives in PNG.
One project that could be a milestone in Papua New Guinea’s history in providing clean and sustainable energy for the nation is ‘PNG Biomass’. Subject to a final investment decision, this integrated renewable energy project in the Markham Valley in Morobe Province will consist of a 30MW biomass power plant with secure fuel supply from 16,000 hectares of sustainable, certified and dedicated tree plantations. Oil Search is also in discussions to oversee the construction, operation and dispatch of an adjacent 11MW installed capacity solar PV farm.
Ninning Jal, Health, Safety, & Environment Supervisor for PNG Biomass, stressed the sustainable character of the project saying “PNG Biomass is the first proposed utility scale renewable biomass and solar power generation project in PNG. We believe PNG Biomass will substantially enhance PNG’s reputation in demonstrating climate action and help transition the country to a fully renewable energy sector.”
Michael Henson, Project Director of PNG Biomass, added that “the project is also unique for another reason, it relies on the active participation of landowners and communities. At the core of our Project is the objective to power PNG with affordable, domestic low-emission renewable energy through an inclusive economic growth model that empowers local communities. We are powering PNG and empowering communities.”
Friday 6 December 2019 marked the next stage in this collaborative journey with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Oil Search, AFRY and the Climate Change and Development Authority of Papua New Guinea, at the 25th Conference of the Parties (COP25) in Madrid, Spain.
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