The National, Wednesday July 24th, 2013
By HENRY MORABANG
CONTRACTS worth a total of K434 million have been signed and work on the Pacific Games venues will continue as per schedule.
These are the words of the chairman of the Venues Infrastructure and Equipment Committee (VIEC) Andrew Porter following the signing of contracts worth K434,708,896.15 to four companies to deliver the project on time for the 2015 Pacific Games in Port Moresby.
Porter said that with less than two years to go – this announcement of the signing was very welcomed and expressed his confidence that the companies behind these contracts would deliver the major projects (the Games Village, the Aquatic Centre, the Sir John Guise Stadium for the opening ceremony and track/field events, the Rita Flynn Netball complex and the Bisini sports grounds) on time for the July 4-18 event.
Four companies put pen to paper in a contract signing ceremony last Friday at Government House which the Governor General Sir Michael Ogio and representatives of the four companies namely, Curtain Brothers PNG Ltd, China Railway Construction Engineering (PNG) Ltd, Ferrum Engineering and Fletcher Morobe Construction Ltd.
The 2015 Games venue construction would commence immediately after the contract signed included.
The contracts vetted and approved by the Central Supply Tenders Board are for Games Village Phase II, which is a precast concrete supply job at K34,268,716.90. The contractor is Curtain Bros (CSTB-2717).
The Games Village Phase III, main building works valued at K263,973,822.56 will be done by China Railway Construction Engineering (CSTB-2635).
The Taurama Aquatic Center revised structural steel contract at K15,121,139 to Ferrum Engineering (CSTB-2639).
The Taurama Aquatic Center main building works valued at K121,346,217.69 which Fletcher Morobe Construction have been awarded (CSTB-2641).
Minister for Sports and the Pacific Games Justin Tkatchenko expressed his satisfaction and used the opportunity to thank Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and the National Executive Council in particular for giving priority to the 2015 Pacific Games saying it was an event of national significance.
Tkatchenko also reiterated the Government’s commitment and support behind the Pacific Games Authority and the respective venues and games committees and asked all stakeholders to “get behind, get involved and show the Pacific and rest of the world who we are by overcoming challenges to win because that is the purpose that we must all strive for”.
He also congratulated the contractors and urged them to do their jobs in an efficient manner producing facilities that would be the envy of the region.
For information please call the 2015 Pacific Games marketing and communication office on 300 8700.