PNG Power has come out to clarify that blackouts does not cause damages to electrical appliances. PNG Power CEO John Tangit made it clear that all electrical appliances, before they pass out at the end of the assembly lines in the factories go through compulsory and stringent electrical safety checks. This is to ensure that the items are manufactured according to Australia and New Zealand Standards which Papua New Guinea has adopted.
“One of the tests involves putting the item (electrical appliance) under low and high voltage tests,” he said.
“This is a simulation of the appliance being exposed to extreme voltages outside of its rated voltage levels. Any electrical or electronic appliance used in PNG must be rated at 240 volts.”
In recent times, PNG Power has had very little control over the import of electrical goods that is now flooding the shops and business houses in the country. A lot of these Asian products are entering PNG from China, Japan,
Taiwan, South Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia and India.
The Asian white goods market in the country is growing as they can be bought very cheaply thus compromising electrical standards and posing a safety hazard to consumers. The Australian and New Zealand white goods market is been heavily impacted by this.
PNG consumers nowadays have the tendency to purchase items based on cost rather than quality and a lot of these items that are flooding the market do not meet the PNG standards.
Mr Tangit said that PNG Power through its Approvals Section tests and certifies all electrical appliances for compliance to the standards. This team regularly visits shops and suppliers of electrical goods to ensure what is sold on the shelves are compliant to standard and suitable for sale.
They look after the entire country and in their efforts to control prohibited electrical appliances, our Approvals Section is fighting a losing battle.
PNG Power is not a party to regulate import of white goods at respective entry points thus it has been working closely with the Department of Immigration to put in place a system that will see control of these products at the entry points.
“These products enter the country through various wharfs and airports across the nation and PPL only gets involved when the items are already in the country and on the shelves,” he said.
“We would like to advise our dear consumers that before you purchase any electrical/electronic item, make sure the item you are purchasing has a PPL Certificate of Approval that is stamped and has a PPL logo.”
It is strongly recommended that shop owners selling electrical /electronic appliances and equipment must ensure they meet the electrical standards.
Mr Tangit asked Papua New Guineans to ask the shop assistant for help or contact the nearest PNG Power office for confirmation of the electrical appliance meeting the accepted standard and if it will be safe for use in your homes or work place.
“We strongly advise consumers to purchase wisely when you are buying electrical/electronic appliances and always ask for a Certificate of Approval from PNG Power before making a purchase so you can confirm if they appliance is compliant to PNG Electrical Standards,” Mr Tangit said.