As part of Papua New Guinea’s Development Strategic Plan, the national government is set to achieve 70% of electricity access for its population by 2030. Currently, only 12% of the country’s over 7 million people have access.
The Asian Development Bank has engaged SMEC, a member of the Surbana Jurong Group, as a consulting partner for the country’s Power Sector Development Investment Programme to improve the population’s access to electricity in provincial and urban centres through the expansion of transmission and distribution network.
This will connect approximately 75,000 additional households, improve system efficiencies by replacing high-cost diesel power generation with renewable energy. It will encourage private sector investments in the energy space, as well as capacity development of power sector agencies. This win provides a sound basis for SMEC’s continued presence in the power and energy industry in Papua New Guinea.
SMEC, a member of the Surbana Jurong Group, has been selected by Power Finance Corporation Limited, India (PFC) to undertake work in five states.
Specifically, SMEC will undertake the Third Party Concurrent Evaluation of the Integrated Power Development Schemes (IPDS) in West Bengal, Sikkim, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, and Jammu and Kashmir. India’s Ministry of Power launched the IPDS to extend financial assistance against capital expenditure to address the gaps in the sub-transmission and distribution network, and metering in urban areas to supplement the power departments in various states.
The scope of work includes strengthening of the sub-transmission and distribution sector (33kV & 11kV and associated substations), and metering of the same sector (smart metering and advance metering for converting semi SMART Grid).
SMEC is responsible for compliance-based evaluation, including material checking, process checking and witness commissioning checks, as well as post-implementation evaluation. The service period is for 36 months.