$US145m power project for PNG's Highlands region

8:51 pm on 7 June 2018

The Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has launched a $US145 million power project for the Highlands region which is funded by China.

PNG PM Peter O'Neill

PNG PM Peter O'Neill Photo: AFP / Peter Parks

The Post Courier reported Mr O'Neill and the Chinese Ambassador, Xue Bing, had cut the ribbon to launch the project for transmission lines and substations in the region.

A loan from the Exim Bank of China is helping fund the construction of 189 kilometres of transmission lines and four sub-stations from Mount Hagen to Tari in Hela Province.

An engineering and procurement contract has been signed by China's major electricity company, TBEA and KCHL/PNG Power.