CQ team to help re-power PNG


Central Telegraph - - CQ INDUSTRY -

COV­ER­ING all things elec­tri­cal, Betta Power Ser­vices is a lo­cal suc­cess story earn­ing recog­ni­tion on the world stage.

Betta Power Ser­vices is un­afraid to think big and its lat­est chal­lenge will take their ex­per­tise to the south­ern high­lands of Pa­pua New Guinea – an area ravaged by a 7.2 mag­ni­tude earth­quake in Fe­bru­ary 2017.

Start­ing next month the ma­jor project will re­place 5km of earth­quake-dam­aged, above-ground power lines and in­stall 5km of over­head fi­bre-op­tic cable, on be­half of PNG’s largest oil and gas ex­plo­ration com­pany.

The plan is to re-es­tab­lish a sup­ply of re­li­able power to the busi­ness’s re­fin­ery ter­mi­nal, which has tem­po­rar­ily been run­ning on diesel gen­er­a­tors af­ter earth­quake dam­age.

Five CQ lo­cals with a com­bined 100 years of op­er­a­tional ex­pe­ri­ence and very spe­cialised skill sets – in­clud­ing project man­age­ment, elec­tri­cal work, weld­ing and con­cret­ing – will be joined by eight PNG lines­man to re-es­tab­lish the power con­nec­tion.

Lead­ing the project is com­pany di­rec­tor Ge­off Wil­liams, the founder of Betta Power Ser­vices 13 years ago, who will rely heav­ily on his 35 years of trade and op­er­a­tional ex­pe­ri­ence.

He said Betta Power Ser­vices was sought out by an elec­tri­cal/project en­gi­neer­ing firm as a re­sult of rec­om­men­da­tions af­ter sim­i­lar do­mes­tic projects.

“This project will be quite the feather in the cap for our lit­tle com­pany,” Mr Wil­liams said.

“We’ve per­formed sim­i­lar projects across Aus­tralia and have a strong track record, which has led to us win­ning this project – but it’s noth­ing like we’ve seen be­fore.

“The ter­rain will be chal­leng­ing and it will be a test lo­gis­ti­cally, but it’s some­thing we’re very much look­ing for­ward to.”

Given that the oil re­fin­ery is an im­por­tant gen­er­a­tor of the coun­try’s wealth, it is crit­i­cal the power con­nec­tion is re­stored in a timely man­ner.

The 60-day project will test the plan­ning and lo­gis­tics of the ex­pe­ri­enced crew, with all equip­ment hav­ing to be flown into the area in 400kg packet sizes.

Photo: Orin Lucke - Blink Pho­tog­ra­phy

CON­TRACT AWARDED: Betta Power Ser­vices com­pany di­rec­tor Ge­off Wil­liams says the ma­jor project in Pa­pua New Guinea “will be quite the feather in the cap for our lit­tle com­pany”.

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