The National, Tuesday July 24th, 2012
A LANDOWNER company from the Ramu NiCo project area has won a two-year road maintenance contract from the nickel miner.
The deal was signed between Ramu NiCo representative vice-president Pan Hengali and Basamuk Landowners Association chairman Lima Mullung at the Basamuk refinery last Thursday.
The contract has been awarded to Basamuk Enterprises Ltd, which is owned by landowners of Basamuk in the Raicoast district of Madang province where Ramu NiCo’s refinery plant is located.
Under the contract, Basamuk Enterprises will carry out road maintenance work at the refinery site, covering limestone access road, the road from Ganglau village to refinery site and refinery connection road from water source through the new camp and original camp area.
The total road length is 9.8km.
The contract will assure the landowner company a contract price of K47,181 per month for the next two years, totalling more than K1 million.
Basamuk Enterprises general manager Leo Andrew and Ramu NiCo’s community affairs deputy general manager George Wang were present to witness the signing.
The contract is the first during the operation phase of the project following other contracts previously awarded during the construction of the Project.
Mullung said Basamuk Enterprises was technically capable to carry out such work and could do more if given the opportunity.
Andrew said road maintenance work would commence next month.
All equipment and manpower from local villages are already being mobilised.