8 June 2016. PNG Biomass held an evening cocktail function for members of the Lae Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) at the Lae International Hotel last Thursday, 2 June. The evening was conducted to provide local business and industry representatives with the latest information on the progress of the project. In attendance were over 50 members of the LCCI and local media including The National, The Post Courier and Tumbuna TV.
Key representatives of the joint venture operating partners Aligned Energy (PNG) Ltd including Mr Michael Henson, Project Director and Chief Operating Officer, and Mr David Burbidge General Manager Business Development gave a detailed background of the project and the current development timetable. Several landowners from the Wampar LLG who are involved in the project including Councillor Waiya Langim, Mr Sam Meyab, Mr Timothy Luke ad Mr Jim Kelly and were also in attendance. Jim Kelly representing the land owners detailed their experience working with the project and the benefits that are flowing through to the local communities.
The PNG Biomass Project is an integrated biomass energy project to provide a reliable, sustainable and competitive renewable energy solution for PNG. The project involves the development of 18,000+ hectares of FSC certified forestry plantations, using underutilised Kunai grasslands in the Markham Valley, and the development of a 15 MW Biomass Power Plant to generate electricity for supply to the RAMU Grid.
Biomass power is an internationally recognised and technologically established form of renewable energy. The Project intends to use a conventional thermal steam plant employing proven and reputable technology. There are more than 2,000 biomass power plants operating in 40 countries globally.