CQ team to help re-power PNG
NEW CHALLENGE SENDS BUSINESS OVERSEAS FOR EARTHQUAKE REPAIRS
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.
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”.