Parties sign MOU for small hydro project in Papua New Guinea

A memorandum of understanding announced this week will allow for the construction of a long-discussed small hydropower project on the Divune River in Papua New Guinea’s Oro province.

Signed by eight clan members of the Divune Landowner Company, the Oro Provincial Government and PNG Power Ltd (PPL), the document gives PPL access to the project site and authority as the Divune plant’s developer.

“This project has been delayed because of disputes and unhappiness, but it is now encouraging to see the landowners coming and working together,” Oro Governor Garry Juffa said. “If we didn’t come together then we won’t have this project.”

Funding for the project will come from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) via its Town Electrification Improvement Program (TEIP).

Civil works are expected to begin later this year.

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Michael Harris formerly was Editor for HydroWorld.com.

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