The PNG Biomass Project is an integrated biomass energy project providing a reliable, renewable, sustainable and competitive baseload power solution for Papua New Guinea (PNG)
The project involves the development of over 18,000 hectares of FSC certified forestry plantations to produce dedicated woody biomass fuel for a co-located 30 MW Biomass Power Plant (in 2 x 15 MW output modules) to generate electricity for supply to the nearby Ramu Grid, which is the largest electricity grid in PNG.
PNG has a strong commitment to low-carbon generation, and to policies which encourage job-creating projects and which meet policy goals for reduced emissions, rural development and energy independence.
The project plantations, located in underutilised Kunai grasslands in the Markham Valley near Lae (PNG’s largest industrial centre), will provide a dedicated sustainable plantation fibre source for the power plant (owned by the PNG Biomass Joint Venture), which will require the annual harvesting and supply of over 200,000 bone dry tonnes of wood to support a 30 MW power project. The trees will be harvested on a rotation cycle of 4-7 years. The plantation forestry development, which is integrated with and owned by the PNG Biomass Joint Venture, requires the planting of more than 20 million trees and will be managed in an internationally certified and sustainable manner.
The harvested trees will be transported by truck to storage facilities at the nearby power plant where the biomass wood fibre will be dried and turned into wood chips for fuel. The dried wood chips will then be burned in the power plant to generate high pressure steam that drives a turbine. The electricity generated from the turbines will then be transferred directly into the nearby Erap substation to provide power into the Ramu Grid.
The PNG Biomass Project (www.pngbiomass.com ) is a Joint Venture between 30% owner Aligned Energy Limited (www.alignedenergy.net) and 70% owner Oil Search Limited (www.oilsearch.com). Aligned Energy is the current developer and operator of the Project.