K79m for airport fencing and upgrade

Kiunga and Kerema airports will be fenced, alongside Tari airport upgrades, at a cost of K79 million.

Two local companies were among four firms that signed a contract with the National Airports Corporation in Port Moresby on August 24th.

The four companies signed contracts with the National Airports Corporation, under its Civil Aviation Development Infrastructure Program (CADIP) to fence the Kiunga, Kerema and Tari airports and also upgrade the Tari terminal building, aircraft runway and other associated works.

Local companies Jephtah Construction Ltd will do fence works at the Kerema airport at K7.8 million, while Hela Opone Investment Ltd will fence the Tari airport at K7.2 million.

The Tari airport upgrade project was given the biggest slice of funding at K55.8 million, awarded to CCECC and GMCC Joint Venture while installation of Kiunga airport fencing and associated work was awarded at K8.1 million to Samsung Engineering and Construction Ltd.

Board Chairman of National Airports Corporation, Reuben Aila, called on the contractors to deliver on time and in budget while Civil Aviation Minister Alfred Manase said it was good to see local companies given such opportunities to develop their own capacities.

Hela Governor Philip Undialu said the Tari airport delivered the LNG Project, apart from Komo, but has not been maintained over the years and welcomed the works.

His province will see both fencing and airport terminal upgrades done at K55.8 million.

Gulf Governor Chris Haiveta said Kerema is a vital airport for stops between the Highlands, Western and POM for the second LNG project.

Sally Pokiton