Providing rural electrification in Papua New Guinea

The challenge

The government’s Power to the People (PttP) has opened up opportunities to develop a modular and scalable solution for electrification of rural Papua New Guinea with a focus on off-grid solutions.

The solution

Consulting Services focused their work around a “hub and spoke” approach, which involves identifying a hub—such as a city, village or town—to serve as a focal point of electricity generation for spokes (schools, clinics and other community facilities) for the benefit of a larger rural area.


Key benefits

The combination of an integrated gas infrastructure with gas engines is a cost-effective power generation solution for the rural electrification program, and an additional benefit is the ability to use waste heat from gas engines for combined heat and power (CHP) applications.


access to electricity


electricity access by 2030

The scope of this study required Consulting Services to research and assess the following areas:

How much electricity is needed?

The initial step in the study evaluated what the demand would be for electricity across several different scenarios depending on the size of the population and the community needs for electrification.

What technology could meet the need?

Our experts evaluated multiple technology options for meeting the estimated electricity demand as part of the project, including single-source generation technologies and hybrid generation options.

  • Solar PV
  • Micro Hydro
  • Gas Engine with integrated LNG infrastructure
  • Diesel Engine

Evaluation of microgrid solution for village centers

While evaluating both the electricity demand and the generation technologies that could meet that demand individually was important, our experts then had to pull it all together in systems view, to understand which combination of generation and distribution options could be most beneficial in a microgrid application for different scenarios.

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