PM Opens Bulolo Highway Restoration Project
by PNG Business News - June 23, 2021
Photo Credit: Department of Prime Minister & National Executive Council
Prime Minister Hon. James Marape, MP, has officially opened the K66 million Bulolo Highway restoration project in Morobe Province.
The Bulolo Highway, according to PM Marape, is a major route that will benefit the people of Bulolo and the Morobe Province because it is home to several important projects such as Zenag Chicken and Bulolo Forest Products.
“Coffee, copra and other small to medium enterprises like alluvial mining will rely and depend on the road," he said.
“It is right and proper because there are many businesses and industries that contribute heavily and have an impact on the economy.
“Now, more importantly with the up-coming Wafi Gold Mine and the existing Hidden Valley Mine, it is a right decision by the National Government and not because my Deputy Sam Basil is the Member for Bulolo."
PM Marape told hundreds of people gathered in Wau that the government's Connect PNG 2020-2040 Road Plan aimed to open up the country through roads.
“By 2025, when PNG celebrates 50 years of Independence, a good road network must connect our country," he said.
“Therefore, this 9-Mile to Wau-Bulolo National Highway is very important.
"The road from Garaina in Morobe Province should link Goilala in Central Province and to Kerema in Gulf Province, and open up and rehabilitate our existing road network."
PM Marape asked people to look after government-funded projects, till their land, and engage in activities that would benefit them and their families, rather than getting engaged in narcotics and illegal activities.
The Australian Government is funding the Bulolo Highway under the Department of Works' Transport Sector Support Program (TSSP).
PM Marape announced a K1 million National Government commitment for the Bulolo District Education sector, in addition to the regular Government District Service Improvement Program (DSIP) funds.
The National Gaming and Control Board, he added, will provide that funds on behalf of the national government (NGCB).
“I am concerned that we are creating many high schools, and there are many children coming out of our education system and do not have a second chance," PM Marape said.
“I am appealing to students who are wandering around to get enrolled in the Flexible Open Distance Education (FODE) and other technical and vocational centres."
The National Government also wants the National Development Bank (NDB) to build a branch in Wau, according to PM Marape. He announced K50,000 in financing for rugby league tournaments in Wau and Bulolo, as well as K50,000 apiece for women's and men's basketball competitions in Wau.
PM Marape travelled to Wagau LLG with DPM Basil to kick off the sealing and upgrading of the Gabensis to Buang road.
He handed over K3 million to contractor Kaia Works for the sealing of an additional 8 kilometres of road, which would assist thousands of residents in the Buang LLG.
PM Marape and DPM Basil mended political disagreements during the no-confidence vote in November while in Wagau.
DPM Basil expressed regret for listening to other politicians who wanted to replace PM Marape, and he apologized to PM Marape for lying to him.
He stated that he will cooperate with Prime Minister Marape now and until the 2022 election.
PM Marape expressed his delight at DPM Basil's return to the government and stated that he accepts him fully.
“I want to say that Minister Basil is a leader in his own right and has the right to make his own move and decision," he said.
“I did not ask him to leave and always told him his position of Deputy Prime Minister was still vacant for him to return and reclaim."
Under the Bulolo District Rural Electrification Program, PM Marape also turned on the lights in Mapos 2 Village in Buang LLG.
DPM Basil was commended by PM Marape for providing services and development to his people, and he was asked to keep up the excellent work.
He slept at DPM Basil's house in Sagaiyo Village for the night.
He was also present at the opening of the Mumeng District Rural Local Lock-up, for which the National Government has pledged K50 million.
“The plan is to build a proper Correctional Service lock-up and will ensure the inmates can attend the Mumeng vocational school,” PM Marape said.
He also unveiled the ‘Golpu House' building of the Mumeng LLG District, the Mumeng Town road sealing and street lighting project, the National Pastors' Conference Church of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of PNG Mumeng District and the Mumeng Town project.
Department of Prime Minister and National Executive Council (19 June 2021). “PM Marape launches over K60 million worth of road projects in Morobe”.
PNG Business News - April 29, 2021
Australian Government to Contribute to Road Projects
The Australian government will contribute K190 million to the Connect PNG road project. The funds will be used to construct the Trans-Island Highway, which will link Momase to the Southern and Highlands regions. The Australian government has decided to fund the PNG government's transportation program, according to Minister for Treasury Ian Ling-Stuckey. Australia will contribute $70 million (K170 million) on favourable terms, including a grant portion, and PNG will contribute K16 million, or just under one-tenth of the total cost. The Trans-National Highway is the subject of Tranche 1 of PNG Connect. The 9-Mile Junction to Bulolo segment of the highway in Morobe Province, as well as the Passam to Lumi section in East and West Sepik provinces, will be covered by this funding from the Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific. Mr Ling-Stuckey described it as a significant contribution to PNG Connect and the government's goals of transforming the domestic economy. “The returns from building this type of road, connecting markets, far exceed the loan costs. This is good, sensible development,” Mr Ling-Stuckey said. “PNG Connect is a fundamental part of our push to promote development from a grassroots level rather than relying on a handful of major projects, as has happened in the past. “The government regards agriculture, forestry and fishing, and the small and medium entrepreneurial businesses serving those sectors, as the main drivers of sustainable national development. “PNG Connect transport spending is the key to unlocking the economic power of the grassroots, and I am grateful to the Australian Government for supporting it.” Mr Ling-Stuckey stated that the tranche 1 project could be the start of additional AIFFP road funding of up to $370 million for the Trans-National Highway. The Trans-National Highway is a key component of PNG Connect, a 20-year plan to connect the country's four regions.
PNG Business News - August 30, 2021
Plans For Connect PNG Road Program
When PNG becomes 50 years old in 2025, the Marape/Basil government hopes to complete its Connect PNG Road Program, which will connect the country's missing links. David Wereh, the Works Secretary, and his staff are currently working to connect all of the highways in the Northern and Highlands areas. He said the Department of Works and Implementation is carrying out the program, which includes the engineering and construction of key missing links such as the Mamose coastal highway, Ramu highway, Highlands Highway, Wau highway, Hiritano Highway, and Magi Highway, as well as the improvement of existing highways such as the Mamose coastal highway, Ramu highway, Highlands Highway, Wau highway, Hiritano Highway, and Magi Highway. “We hope our target for linking PNG through the road sector is realised before PNG celebrates its 50th Independence anniversary,” Wereh said. “Port Moresby will be linked to Northern and Highlands regions from Lae to, Goroka, Madang, Mt Hagen and Alotau.” PNG should have a single undivided road network on the mainland by 2030, as well as a single-road corridor in the island provinces of Manus, New Ireland, East and West New Britain, and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (AROB), according to him. “Phase one will start with a road link between Port Moresby and the main urban centres including Lae, Goroka, Madang, Mt Hagen and Mendi.” The first phase, which focuses on the country's most critical core roads, is ongoing. Among the most recent significant Phase 1 accomplishments were: Wau-Bulolo road maintenance from 9-Mile Junction to Wau, K65m; Maintenance and improvement of Mendi-Tambul road in Southern and Western Highlands provinces (55.53km) Kl72.1m; Upgrade and rehabilitation of Kundiawa-Gembogl-Bundi highway in Chimbu Province, (20.4km) Kl13.9m; Sealing and upgrade of the East Cape road in Milne Bay (52km), K96.5m; Upgrade and rehabilitation of Pangia-Wiru loop road in Southern Highlands (31.14km) K86.0m; Upgrade and rehabilitation of Henganofi-Nupuru road in the Eastern Highlands (34.0km), K85.2M Construction of 12 bridges on the New Britain Highway Hiritano Highway rehabilitation and long-term maintenance (125km), K77.56m. Connect PNG Phase 2 (2027-2034) would see an additional 300 kilometres of provincial and district highways improved and maintained across the 21 provinces. The project from stages one and two will be completed in phase three, and the construction of the Gulf-Madang corridor through Chimbu will begin. This will improve connections between major urban, commercial, industrial, and transportation centres in the Highlands and Mamose regions, as well as Port Moresby in the Southern region, and connect regional areas with significant economic development potential, particularly in the agriculture, fisheries, and tourism sectors, to the national land transport network. “In this regard, strategic national and sub-national land linkages are planned for development over the next 20 years under the Government’s Connect PNG Economic Roads Development program (Connect PNG 2020-2040), which will reduce transportation costs and promote economic development at the cost of K20 billion,” Wereh said. The ADB (SHHIP) will be improved for K3 billion from Nadzab Airport junction to Kagamuga Airport junction, a distance of 340 kilometres. The SHHIP initiative is being developed on three different portions of the Highlands Highway, which runs through the provinces of Morobe, EHP, Simbu, Jiwaka, and Western Highlands. The first section under the SHHIP: Maintenance, upgrading, and rehabilitation from Nadzab to Henganofi (210km), K264.1m; The second section under SHHIP: Maintenance, upgrading, and rehabilitation from Henganofi to Mangiro and Miunde to Kagamuga (218km) K203.26m; The third section under SHHIP: Reconstruction from Mangiro to Miunde in Chimbu (57km) K341.3m; High impact projects under the DoW high impact office saw two major infrastructure investments to Lae and Mt Hagen; Upgrade to Mt Hagen four-lane road from Keltiga to Kagamuga in Western Highlands (13.76km), K306.31m; Completed Lae four-lane of the Highlands Highway section from Lae to 9-Mile junction; and, 9-Mile to Yalu bridge in Morobe Province (9.3 km) K134.84m. Reference: Kenneth, Gorethy. Post-Courier (25 August 2021). “Connect PNG Road Plan 2020-2040”.
PNG Business News - September 16, 2021
Engaging the global crowd to design the electric mine of the future
Today, the Electric Mine Consortium (EMC) launched the ‘Electric Mine Simulation’ crowd challenge in partnership with the OZ Minerals Think & Act Differently ideas incubator and Unearthed. OZ Minerals, IGO, South 32, Blackstone Minerals, Evolution Mining, Barminco and Goldfields have committed to significantly reducing their carbon footprint. These seven mining companies along with a number of partner companies, have come together to form the Electric Mine Consortium, a collaborative group seeking to accelerate progress towards a fully electrified zero carbon and zero particulates mine. Electrification of mine sites is a critical step change needed for the mining industry to achieve a zero carbon future. Switching to electric and renewable energy represents a transformational shift that will change the way mines are designed. This challenge is about using simulation to understand the impacts of electrification on mine design and through this challenge the EMC is looking to find innovators that can help do this. The eight-week online challenge invites companies and individuals from around the world to propose an approach to designing an open architecture, mine design simulation platform that can initially be used to compare a fully electric underground mine with its traditional diesel powered equivalent. Brett Triffett, Transformation Technologist, from OZ Minerals explained, “there is a great opportunity to use whole-of-mine simulations that integrate all of the dependent systems so we can understand the holistic value in transitioning from diesel to electric solutions in underground mines. We would like to be able to quickly build and test different mine designs and compare things like productivity, costs, emissions and energy requirements. We think that eventually this capability could be expanded to include the entire mining value chain. We have invited the crowd to propose solutions because we are not currently aware of a platform that meets this brief. What we have learned from running previous crowd challenges is that there are often people from outside our industry who have ideas or technology that can be applied to mining. These people are often unknown to us and in many cases they are unfamiliar with our industry. By participating in a crowd challenge, innovators can access a new market and be supported in developing new products and business models.”. A selected cohort from from this challenge will join the Think & Act Differently incubator and be supported in developing a demonstration of their solution. The incubator program is a supportive environment that includes; funding, mentoring, opportunities for collaboration, capability uplift and exposure to mining data and mining operations from across the EMC members.
PNG Business News - September 15, 2021
Weir Minerals strengthens its partnership with international technology group, Andritz
Weir Minerals and Andritz have signed an agreement at MINExpo 2021 expanding their shared commitment and strategic cooperation to supply equipment for processing tailings in the mining industry. The foundations of this agreement have been built on a shared understanding and vision to enable the sustainable and efficient delivery of the natural resources essential to create a better future for the world. Since 2018, Weir Minerals’ and Andritz’s partnership has seen them collaborate on joint tailings projects. This shared history as partners – a collaboration made stronger by the quality of individuals on both teams – has reinforced their abiding belief that together, both Weir Minerals and Andritz are stronger. This shared success has led both Weir Minerals and Andritz to renew their on-going commitment and announce they’ll be expanding their offer to all regions around the globe. Utilising Andritz’s proven separation and dewatering technologies, Weir Minerals has strengthened its whole-of-mine capabilities, showcasing market-leading products from extraction to comminution, mill circuit and tailings management. ‘Weir Minerals has been providing tailings solutions for decades; we have dedicated research facilities – the Weir Technical Centre in Melbourne, Australia and the Sustainable Mining Centre in Venlo, Netherlands – that are challenging conventional ways of thinking about tailings, while also developing practical, innovative and sustainable solutions that will reduce operating costs and improve safety,’ Ricardo Garib, Weir Minerals Division President said. ‘Decreasing ore grades mean that mines are producing more tailings than ever before. One of the challenges with tailings management is that there cannot be a one-size-fits-all approach; each mine requires a tailored solution that carefully considers the minerals being processed, as well as the site’s climatic and geological conditions. Weir Minerals prides itself on having both the expertise and equipment that allows us to partner with miners everywhere to plan and implement tailings solutions based on their operations’ unique challenges and this agreement with Andritz enhances those capabilities,’ he said. ‘Andritz has a long history working across a range of different industries. We are very proud of the work we’ve done with Weir Minerals; together, we’re excited about continuing to provide a joint offering of sustainable and value-added tailings solutions. Both companies bring a different expertise and know-how to the partnership; we complement one another and ultimately it’s our customers who’ll benefit,’ Steve Huff, President Andritz Separation said. Tailings management forms an important element of Weir Minerals’ broader integrated solutions approach, which considers problems and challenges from all perspective and draws on a range of experts – process engineers, design engineers, product experts and materials scientists, among others – to identify potential challenges and opportunities and provide tailored solutions. ‘This latest agreement enhances our overall tailings offering and enables us to provide our customers with a complete tailings solution. Under the brand name IsoDry, we will continue to offer customers a range of mechanical separation technologies, such as thickeners, filter presses, centrifuges, and vacuum belt filters,’ Charlie Stone, Weir Minerals VP Sales and Business Development-Mill Circuit said. Weir Minerals has strengthened its tailings team to support the market and ensure that it can provide innovative solutions based on each customer’s specific requirements. The agreement provides the opportunity for potential future collaboration on technology, harnessing Andritz’s market-leading separation technology in conjunction with Weir Minerals’ minerals and tailings processing technology. Many of these products – Warman® pumps to transport fluid tailings, GEHO® pumps to handle paste, Cavex® hydrocyclones to dewater tailings and the Multiflo® range of dewatering solutions – have been integral to helping miners manage their waste for generations. Weir Minerals and Andritz have also reiterated their shared commitment to sustainability; it is an essential part of both their business and corporate strategies. Both companies have outlined ambitious plans to reduce their carbon emissions, while their approach to ESG initiatives extends to all aspects of their organisations. ‘Shareholders and stakeholders are rightfully demanding more sustainable mining practices and tailings management is an area where there’s a lot of scope for improvement. Weir Minerals wants to play a central role in changing how the industry thinks about and manages tailings. Ultimately, we believe that sustainable solutions are not only environmentally beneficial, but also reduce operating costs and minimise risk,’ David Almond, Weir Minerals Global Director, Product Management Process said. ‘Weir strives to make our customers more sustainable and efficient; it’s core to our purpose and at the heart of what we do. We believe that embedding sustainability throughout our organisation protects and creates long-term value for our stakeholders and secures the long-term future of Weir. Our approach to tailings management is an extension of our broader corporate strategy. There is scope to make long-lasting, impactful change in how the mining sector thinks about and manages tailings and Weir is proud to be one of the industry leaders,’ Jon Stanton, Weir Group Chief Executive said.
PNG Business News - September 15, 2021
STAKEHOLDERS VIEWS CRITICAL FOR BETTER RESOURCE GOVERNANCE: ALKAN
Head of the PNGEITI Mr Lucas Alkan last week in Wabag at the opening of the consultation. The Head of the PNG Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Mr. Lucas Alkan has issued a strong challenge to stakeholders in the extractive industries to embrace and promote the work of EITI in Papua New Guinea to derive best value from the industry. Mr. Alkan spoke of this last week in Wabag when he opened the upper highlands regional consultation on a proposed law to transition the PNGEITI into a statutory authority. “PNG EITI is a government driven initiative to promote transparency and accountability in the PNG mining and petroleum space which has been driving the PNG economy for a sustained period of time. “But there is this misconception about proceeds from mining and petroleum activities not being translated well into development on the ground and this sentiment is shared by many at both the provincial and national level. “What PNGEITI is doing is to shed light on the leakages on revenues and proceeds from the mining and petroleum activities with the ultimate aim of improving governance in the mining and petroleum sectors using international best practice standards to see the desired development outcome from this important sector. “Seven years into PNGEITI implementation in PNG, we’ve now seen the need to make the PNGEITI administrative body, the PNGEITI into a statutory body to see more improvement in the EITI reports to enhance good governance in the sector to derive the best development outcome. “We’ve covered two regions; the New Guinea Islands and Momase regions and we are now conducting consultations in Enga and Eastern Highalnds to cover the big highlands region. “I encourage the best knowledge and views from all stakeholders from the stakeholders in these consultations so that we give birth to a law that truly reflects the genuine views of all stakeholders for better development outcomes. A State Technical working group comprising the Department of Petroleum, State Solicitor, Internal Revenue Commission, Department of Personnel Management, Department of Treasury, the National Economic Fiscal Commission and Department of Finance were in the Enga capital, Wabag for a four days consultation for the Upper Highlands region” “PNGEITI has been in operations since 2014 effected by a NEC decision and now we are moving into the next step in anchoring this extractive industry reporting process into PNG’s legal and administrative system. PNGEITI published 7 reports detailing activities taking placing inn the PNG mining and petroleum space,” Mr. Alkan said. Article Courtesy of PNG Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative