SMEC to provide feasibility study for 18-MW Pilikambi Hydropower Project in Papua New Guinea

SMEC has been appointed to deliver a feasibility study for
the next phase of the about 18-MW Pilikambi Hydropower Project in Papua New
Guinea, continuing its partnership with Enga Hydro Power Limited.

SMEC delivered the pre-feasibility study for the small hydro
project, which identified its technical and financial viability, in July 2019.

The Pilikambi Hydropower Project is on the Lagaip River near Pilikambi Village. Enga Hydro Power initiated the project in 2016 under a public-private partnership, working with private investors and the Enga Provincial Government. Once operational, the project will extend rural electrification in the Enga Province by replacing diesel generation with sustainable, renewable energy.

Major activities during the feasibility study will include
supervision and management of the feasibility level field investigations,
project preliminary designs, drawings and cost estimates for the analysis of
the technical and financial viability of the Pilikambi project. Environmental
and social studies will follow for the optimum project configuration upon confirmation
of the project’s viability.

“The development of the project will ensure the availability
of reliable renewable energy throughout the grid connected areas, particularly
as the Enga Provincial government is constructing a new hospital and other government
facilities in Wabag town,” said Tilak Battharai, SMEC manager, Hydropower &
Dams Southeast Asia. “Furthermore, the injection of 15–18 MW of power will
strengthen the grid reliability between Wabag and Mt. Hagen.”

SMEC provides consulting and advisory expertise across urban
development, infrastructure and management services industries. SMEC has joined
forces with Surbana Jurong, one of the largest Asia-based urban and
infrastructure consulting firms. This partnership provides a pool of 16,000
people working across a network of over 120 offices in more than 40 countries
throughout Asia, Australasia, Africa, the UK, Middle East and the Americas.

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