The PNG Biomass website has been refreshed and updated at the start of 2018 with the latest information about the project. Read about PNG Biomass’ iconic renewable energy project to learn how it presents one of the most clean, renewable and sustainable energy initiatives in PNG’s history. A new map has been added showing the location of the project and power plant in the Markham Valley, where 16,000 hectares of land will be accessed to develop tree plantations.
Nurseries are being established with the capacity to produce over 10 million seedlings per year, growing a specifically trialled and selected species as the principal feedstock for PNG Biomass. Once trees have grown for 5 to 7 years, they will be harvested, transported and processed into woodchips as fuel for the biomass power plant. PNG Biomass has already signed a Power Purchase Agreement with PNG Power Limited to supply up to 30 megawatts of baseload power into the Ramu Grid.
The production of energy from biomass is a surprisingly simple generation concept with substantial benefits for PNG and local communities — such as intercropping. Biomass power generation has negligible emissions, saving an estimated 170,000 – 180,000 tonnes CO2 per year as fuel switch credits (compared to diesel or heavy fuel oil).
Oil Search is committed to sustainability and operating PNG Biomass in accordance with PNG’s legislative requirements, to adhere to applicable international principles, and to meet its own corporate environmental and social sustainability principles.
The new website also makes available a range of downloadable documents with project information and the outcomes of impact studies.