Urge Prime Minister James Marape and Minister for Energy William Onguglo to:
A. OFFICIALLY REJECT Mayur’s proposal for the coal-fired power plant in Lae
B. IMPLEMENT a ban on coal in PNG
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The Australian listed company Mayur Resources plans to build a coal-fired power plant in the outskirts of Lae, PNG’s second-biggest city. The company would also like to start mining coal in the Gulf Province, which would supply coal to the power plant. If Mayur’s plan goes ahead, PNG would be the first Pacific Island Country to develop a coal industry. This is while our world continues to face the impacts of the climate crisis, of which the Pacific Islands are at the forefront.
The coal-fired power plant in Lae is the most developed of these projects. We believe that if we stop the development of the plant, we can stop the development of a dirty coal industry in PNG. To do this, we need your help.
Mayur first submitted a proposal to the state-owned PNG Power for a Power Purchasing Agreement (PPA) for their coal-fired power station in Lae in 2016. PNG Power has yet to reject the agreement officially. If they sign on the dotted line, this will effectively open PNG for coal, severely damaging public health, the environment, and communities. It would also lock people into more expensive and dirty power for 25 years.
Since PNG Power is a state-owned company, Prime Minister James Marape and Petroleum & Minister for Energy William Onguglo have the power to reject this deal. Further, we believe that they should put a ban on coal and take back PNG through a sustainable approach – without diminishing the quality of life of the future generations of Papua New Guineans