By YEHIURA HEIEHWAZI in Brisbane
KOMO in Southern Highlands province will soon host the massive hive of activities in the development and construction of the K42 billion gas project.
Construction work at Komo airfield is on the early works list as project developer Esso Highlands Ltd on Wednesday awarded major engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts.
The Russian Antonovs aircraft are expected to transport equipments and materials for the construction of the airfield.
Komo is about 10km southeast of Hides gas field and next to Juha gas field.
Juha would be tapped to feed into the 710km-pipeline to the LNG processing plant in Port Moresby via the Hides conditioning plant.
Two Australian companies McConnell Dowell and Consolidated Contractors would build the Komo airport structures in a joint venture (MCJV) operation.
According to a statement released yesterday, the work on the airport must start this month as soon as finance was arranged.
Komo airport is vital to opening up the region and make it accessible for heavy plant, machinery and equipment to be flown into the area by the Antonov AN 124 aircraft.
Large Russian built helicopters like the Mil 8 (currently not registered to operate in PNG) are likely to fly in initially with earth-moving equipment.
The Moro airport was also constructed in similar fashion to cater for the Kutubu oil field project where large Hercules aircraft landed to off-load plant, equipment and pipes.
The contract value of the Komo airport has not been disclosed.
An MCJV statement said the they would also be responsible for upgrade and or construction of roads and bridges along the two main logistic routes.
They said work was scheduled to start this month and last 24 months.