PLN to sell power to Papua New Guinea

PLN to sell power to Papua New Guinea

PLN (ANTARA)

Jayapura, Papua, (ANTARA News) - The management of the national power utility company PT PLN will soon start selling electricity to neighboring country Papua New Guinea (PNG) as a follow up of cooperation agreement between the governments of the two countries in 2015.

"Currently we are building networks in the border area," Manager of PLN of Jayapura area Jon Semuel Yarangga said here on Thursday.

Jon said currently the two countries are in the process of preparing the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), and the signing is expected to take place this month.

PLN is seeking to accelerate the development of power infrastructure to reach the cross border post at Skouw, in Jayapura, he said.

He said the sales of 2 megawatts of electricity to PNG would not affect supply in Jayapura as currently Jayapura has a surplus of 25 megawatts in power supply.

He said the Government of PNG asked only for 2 MW for the city of Vanimo just across the border from Jayapura.

"We have held talks four times , twice in Jayapura and twice in Jakarta. As for the payment, it is between the two governments. PLN needs only to supply the power," he said.

Reporting by Dhias Suwandi
Editing by Albert Saragih
 

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