Daily power outage in PNG's second-biggest city plagues local businesses, residents: media

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SYDNEY, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- Businesses and residents in Papua New Guinea's (PNG) second-biggest city Lae are suffering from the blackout on a daily basis because of the nation's unstable power supply, local newspaper Post Courier reported on Thursday.

Local businesses complained the electricity cost was already high in the city and the continuous blackouts added even more burden on them as they had to buy a power generator as a standby power source.

A long-time businessman and owner of a motorist retail shop in Lae called PNG authorities to relax the current power regulations so the alternative energy sources, like solar power, can be legally adopted by the local businesses to address the electricity outage issue.

A Lae female resident echoed the complaints from business and said many times the local households were unaware of the length of the power outage and unprepared when the blackout stuck as it just came without notice.

PNG's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Commerce and Industry Sam Basil acknowledged the electricity supply was a major problem affecting local businesses and assured them that he would look into the matter, according to the report. Enditem

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