During construction, SMEC was appointed by the project financing agency, the Bank of South Pacific (BSP) as Independent Technical Expert (ITE). The ITE services included periodic site visits, review of design changes during construction, construction quality review, health and safety reviews, and regular reporting to the lender (BSP).
The Baime Hydropower facility will increase power supply and reliability in the Morobe, Madang and Highlands provinces of PNG. Connecting into the Ramu Network, the project will improve livelihoods for local communities whilst contributing to job creation, infrastructure development and economic growth.
PNG Forest Products will combine Baime’s capacity with the Upper Baiune power station, increasing the total capacity of the existing Ramu power grid to 26MW of power. With total installed capacity of 11.6 MW, the Baime plant will be able to produce 81 GWh of hydroelectric energy annually.