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Three firms collaborate on biomass and solar project in Papua New Guinea

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One of Papua New Guinea’s largest companies and investors, Oil Search, has teamed up with Swedish energy, industry and infrastructure design and consulting company AFRY and the Climate Change and Development Authority of Papua New Guinea for a new project combining biomass and solar power.

The PNG Biomass project is an integrated renewable energy project combining a 30MW biomass plant and a solar PV farm. On 6 December the companies signed a memorandum of understanding at the 25th Conference of the Parties (COP25) in Madrid, Spain.

Ninning Jal, health, safety and environment supervisor for PNG Biomass, said: “PNG Biomass is the first proposed utility-scale renewable biomass and solar power generation project in Papua New Guinea.

“We believe PNG Biomass will substantially enhance Papua New Guinea’s reputation in demonstrating climate action and help transition the country to a fully renewable energy sector.”

Michael Henson, project director at PNG Biomass, added that the project is also unique because it relies on the participation and support of landowners and communities. He said: “At the core of our project is the objective to power Papua New Guinea with affordable, domestic low-emission renewable energy through an inclusive economic growth model that empowers local communities. We are powering Papua New Guinea and empowering communities.”

Richard Pinnock, head of AFRY’s Energy division said: “AFRY’s mission is to create sustainable engineering and design solutions with a clear focus to support our clients to accelerate their energy transition towards a sustainable future. We are very proud to be part of the brave leadership of all parties associated with making the PNG Biomass project a reality.”