PPL CLAMPS DOWN ELECTRICITY THEFT
PPL is informing its consumers it has begun blocking off Easipay Meters which it detected as idle on its Easipay system. https://pngsun.com/2021/06/27/png-power-boss-bekker-resigns/
Acting CEO, Obed Batia in a statement said idle meters comprised of active ones which may not be buying power.
They consider them as illegal connections, he said.
Those in this category, he said, are meters installed without verification by PNG Power Limited.
We are asking customers who experience issues with their Easipay Meters to report in person to your nearest PNG Power office.
See our Customer Service team for further assistance. Thus, we can reactivate your Easipay Meters.
Additionally, he said they were conducting this exercise to ensure that customer details and meter information were current and accurate in the system.
At the same time, we want to eliminate all forms of illegal connections or stealing of power nationwide.
Further, acting CEO Batia warned under the Electricity Industry Act 2000 and the Criminal Code Act, Illegal Connection or Diversion of energy by consumers for free power was a crime.
A Court of law can criminally prosecute one for that. It can attract a penalty not exceeding three (3) years if court finds him or her guilty.
“PNG Power loses millions of Kina through illegal connections or electricity theft by customers. Therefore, PNG Power will be carrying out this exercise nationwide.
Furthermore, he said Port Moresby customers could call in at the Hohola Customer Service Centre.
Everyone else across the country can visit their nearest PNG Power office for assistance, he said. https://www.thenational.com.pg/big-leak-at-png-power/