AUSTRALIAN professional services firm SMEC will carry out a feasibility study on the Baime Hydropower Project in the Morobe Province of Papua New Guinea after it was awarded a contract by PNG Forest Products.

Under the contract, SMEC will procure subcontractors for the management of topographical survey and geotechnical investigations, re-appraise the pre-feasibility study, optimise project layouts and undertake a full bankable feasibility study.

This Project continues SMEC’s relationship with PNG Forest Products, with SMEC having previously completed the pre-feasibility study; feasibility study; Environmental and Social Impacts Assessment (ESIA); and the detailed design of the 9.4 MW Upper Baiune HPP.

It also follows SMEC’s successful completion of a pre-feasibility study on the 12 megawatt project in 2014 – with this study to focus on the next phase of the contract.

The Baime Hydropower Project consists of a low height diversion weir, a three kilometre headrace pipe, a surge tank, a six kilometre penstock pipe and a surface power station housing Pelton turbine.