Govt puts K40mil into redevelopment of ports


THE National Government has allocated K40 million for the redevelopment of ports in Wewak, Vanimo, Manus and Kikori.
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Westley Nukundj said the K40 million appropriated for the development of these four ports were apportioned in 2018 Budget documents into K10 million.
“The procurement of the feasibility studies for the four port development projects through public tender have been completed, awarded by the Central supply and Tenders Board and contracts executed as of September,” he said.
“The scope of these projects were to engage an experienced and qualified consultancy company to carry out feasibility studies for these ports to identify and recommend the suitable locations where these ports can be designed and conducted.
“The operations and management of these ports after completion will be under the responsibility of PNG Ports Corporation Ltd.”
K&P Ltd are consultants for Wewak and Vanimo ports, China Jining Construction (PNG) C, Ltd of China are for Manus while Consortium CCCC Third Harbor Co Ltd & China CAMC Eng Ltd for Kikori. “The three consultancy firms are aware of the five-month contract duration and the need for them to immediately commence the required activities to confirm the best locations for these ports,” Nukundj said.
“Strong partnership and collaborations with the provincial and district administrations are vital for these feasibility studies phase. “The State looks forward to the design and construction phases to commence once the best locations have been confirmed.”

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