Nation building in Papua New Guinea

Enviro Energy Park

The power generation industry in PNG is characterised by a lack of access to electricity for the vast majority of the population, and the electricity that is available is not only expensive but also unreliable1. As a result of these factors, industries including mining and resources are often forced to assess and / or implement off grid power solutions.

In response to PNG’s power generation problems Mayur is pioneering the development of environmentally sustainable solution via an “Enviro Energy Park” concept using a combination of fuel sources.

Mayur’s objective

  • Assist PNG in achieving Government mandated target of 70% electrification by 2030 (currently around 13% of people in PNG have access to grid electricity)2 Provide multi-mode power generation from renewables and conventional high quality low ash domestic coal source (refer to Mayur’s domestic coal resources);
  • Provide affordable, reliable and environmentally sustainable power – to enable / unlock economic development in PNG;
  • Provide a mix of renewables and clean coal technology – designed to target a no net increase in green house gas and improvement in ambient air quality vs current generation footprint (PNG is currently heavily reliant on burning expensive diesel and fuel oil to generate electricity).
Energy Generator Sets

PNGs current reliance on diesel / HFO for power generation is not sustainable

PNGs problems – dependence on liquid fuel for power generation and extremely low electrification rate

Lae Power Project

The proposed location of Mayurs first EEP power project is Lae, the country’s industrial and manufacturing hub in Morobe Province. The current status is as follows:

  • DFS complete – 52.5MW (net) power facility at the Port of Lae (future scalability to 200MW);
  • Triplicated Fuel Source – secured;
  • Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) – submitted to PNG Power (currently under review);
  • Site selected – lease with PNG Ports at Lae Tidal Basin;
  • Environmental Approval – secured from the Conservation and Environmental Protection Authority (CEPA);
  • Sustainable Energy Research Institute (SERI) – JV executed with UNITECH;
  • International and Local EPC – construction bids received.

Location of proposed Lae EEP at Lae Tidal Basin

Render of the Lae EEP – a modern, multifuel power station for Lae

Other Power Project Opportunities

Mayur has plans for further similar power projects elsewhere in PNG to serve the forecast growth in energy demand from industry (including mining and resources projects) and domestic users.

1 PNGs current electrification rate is circa 13% (one of the lowest in the world) and the PNG Government is targeting 70% electrification by 2030, this will also mean tripling PNG’s current installed electricity capacity to meet this target (Source:
2 PNG Medium Term Development Plan 2010-2030.

Madang – Lae Infrastructure