SMEC wins contract for PNG’s 12-MW Baime hydropower project

Engineering and development consultant SMEC has been awarded a contract by PNG Forest Products to perform a feasibility study for the 12-MW Baime hydropower project.

The small hydroelectric plant will be located in PNG’s Morobe Province and includes the construction of a low-height diversion weir, a 3 km-long headrace pipe, a surge tank, a 6 km-long penstock and surface station housing an unspecified number of Pelton turbines.

SMEC said its services will include the procurement of subcontractors for managing topographical and geotechnical surveys, a re-appraisal of prefeasibility studies, optimization of project layouts, and conducting a full bankable feasibility study.

PNG Forest Products previously contracted SMEC to perform pre-feasibility studies for the Baime plant in 2014. The Australian firm has also performed design work for PNG’s 9.4-MW Upper Baiune hydroelectric project.

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