Plans For Connect PNG Road Program
by PNG Business News - August 30, 2021
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 - 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 - November 19, 2021
Marape Government allocates another K50 million for Bulolo Highway
Photo credit: PM James Marape News Page - The Markham Bridge outside Lae Prime Minister Hon. James Marape says he is not deliberately delaying work on the Bulolo Highway, as claimed by former Bulolo MP Samson Napo and other critics. He said this after Napo, in a very-misleading and defamatory statement circulated on mainstream and social media, accused the Prime Minister of playing politics in the Bulolo Highway by holding on to K66 million allocated by the Australian Government for road maintenance. PM Marape said the Bulolo Highway was so badly damaged and would cost far more than the K66 million for just a cosmetic makeover, hence, his Government would add another K50 million to bring the total up to K116 million. He said he verified this for himself when he drive from Mumeng to Lae recently after attending a Wafi-Golpu landowners’ meeting. PM Marape said his Government would add another K50 million on top of the K66 million from Australia for a permanent and lasting road to serve the people of Huon Gulf, Bulolo and Menyama districts who live along the Bulolo Highway. “There is no deliberate delay by me on work on the Bulolo Highway, as falsely claimed by Napo, except that we are working with Works Department to see if that K66 million contract can be varied to do not just maintenance but permanent rehabilitation work,” PM Marape said. ” This is especially the section from Mumeng to Markham Bridge outside Lae that I drove on in my last visit to Mumeng. “The K66 million given by Australia is a lot of money, and on top of this, we have another K50 million to invest in this important economic road. ” People must know that the Australian maintenance contract of K66 million is not for permanent work, but road maintenance. “We are working for a permanent solution, especially on the sections I felt were totally ruined, and would not be addressed by a maintenance run that would be ruined with the next rain. “We can do a better, permanent road and we are getting Works and Australian High Commission, plus our lawyers, to see how these contracts can synergise “We are working with Works to reconfigure the scope of the road, so we do permanent reconstruction on this badly-damaged road than just cosmetic maintenance. ” After advice that we could overlay the K66 million maintenance contract with a reconstruction contract, especially for the section from Mumeng to Markham Bridge, we are working on a reconstruction contract for that specific section. ” Works Manager in Lae knows about this interest of the National Government to do a permanent upgrade of Bulolo Highway, so I call on ill-informed commentators like Samson Napo – who do not know the background – not to be quick to make false allegations. “We are a Government going to rural places such as Bulolo, Wau, Gairaina and Menyama with better roads just like we are doing in the rest of the country. ” The K66 million from Australia for the Bulolo Highway would not have gone there if my Government did not point them there, or any other places in PNG they are working in now, so I ask Mr Napo and others who have criticised without knowing the facts to apologise.” Article courtesy of PM James Marape News Page
PNG Business News - November 24, 2021
PM Marape says K66 million for Bulolo Highway is intact
Photo credit: PM James Marape News Page Prime Minister Hon. James Marape says the Government has no “sinister motives” in holding back K66 million allocated by the Australian Government for maintenance of the rundown Bulolo Highway in Morobe. He said this in Parliament recently when asked by Morobe Governor and Deputy Pangu Pati leader, Hon. Ginson Saonu, as to why work was being delayed. The Prime Minister assured Governor Saonu and the people of Morobe that the K66 million given by the Australian Government was intact. PM Marape said he had already explained, in reply to critics, that the Bulolo Highway was so badly damaged and would cost more than the K66 million, hence, his Government would add another K50 million to bring the total up to K116 million. The K50 million is from the K100 million allocated for Wafi-Golpu Infrastructure Development Granst (IDG), K10 million of which had already been given to Morobe Provincial Government and K3 million each to affected districts. PM Marape said he had already travelled the Bulolo Highway three times, the last being in September when he attended a Wafi-Golpu landowners’ meeting, and had seen for himself the extent of damage. “It will take more than K66 million to fix the damage,” he said. “The contract has already been awarded, however, I have written to the Australian High Commissioner and have also talked with the Works Minister about variations to the contract. “This is so that instead of just doing maintenance work, which will be washed away by the rain, we can do a permanent intervention for the better. The Prime Minister said K66 million may sound like a lot of money, however, it would only be used for maintenance work. He said it was his Government that pointed the Australian Government in the direction of Wau-Bulolo for project funding, which critics must know. “We pointed out areas for them (Australian Government) to invest in, one of which was Wau-Bulolo,” he said. “When I drove from Mumeng to Lae, I realised the massive extent of damage along this section of the road. “It’s a very-important economic road so Works Department, Works Ministry and Australian Government have been in discussions over the last few months to see if there can be a variation to the contract. “It will also assist us (Government) in investing substantially on this road, especially the section from Mumeng to the Markham River.” Article courtesy of PM James Marape News Page
PNG Business News - December 02, 2021
Adyton Resources hits significant copper at Feni Island, Papua New Guinea
Photo credit: Adyton Resources Adyton Resources Corporation has reported significant copper assays at its 100% owned Feni Island Project (Feni) in Papua New Guinea following the completion of the company’s maiden drilling program of five diamond holes (1,982m) in September. The initial objectives of the program were to expand the gold resource as well as test various induced polarisation (IP) anomalies for the potential of a copper porphyry system. Multi-element assays have now been returned with significant copper intersections being recorded from hole ADK004 in two zones – a shallower disseminated zone of copper mineralisation followed by a zone of massive sulphide copper mineralisation: Disseminated Cu + Au: • 35.9m (70.7 to 106.6m) @ 0.3% Cu & 1.1g/t Au Massive sulphide Cu + Au: • 6.4m (149.7 to 156.1m) @ 5.1% Cu & 1.6g/t Au Incl 3.6m (151.5 to 155.1m) @ 6.9% Cu & 2.1g/t Au Incl 0.7m (154.4 to 155.1m) @ 14.5% Cu & 2.4g/t Au Adyton Resources President, Executive Chairman and CEO, Mr Frank Terranova, said the assay results demonstrated Feni’s significant copper potential. “The results confirm that Feni could contain zones of high-grade copper within the extensive gold mineralisation and this confirmation of massive sulphide copper in the system justifies more work which is currently being planned,” Mr Terranova said. “The recent drilling program has highlighted the potential for a significant discovery to be made in the 1.5km long Kabang structural corridor. The corridor is lightly drilled, and going north is covered by younger volcanic cover, which has hindered previous exploration efforts – a focus of the next program will be exploring under this younger cover.” Located in a Tier 1 region along a mineral belt containing the world class Simberi, Lihir, and Panguna gold and copper projects, Mr Terranova added that the model at Feni was for a “Lihir-style” epithermal gold overprint on a deeper porphyry copper system.
PNG Business News - November 30, 2021
Weir Minerals’ new Trio® TC84XR live-shaft cone crusher improves safety, functionality and reliability
Weir Minerals has upgraded its range of Trio® TC live-shaft cone crushers. The Trio® TC84XR features all the robust design elements that have made live-shaft crushers a fixture of the mining and sand and aggregate industries for generations, while also incorporating the latest technology to ensure it remains integral to flowsheets long into the future. ‘The Trio TC cone crushers’ live-shaft design has been proven to perform in heavy-duty secondary and tertiary crushing applications. We wanted to build on this strong foundation. My team followed a comprehensive design process – we’ve reviewed and tested every inch of this crusher. While the TC84XR may seem familiar on the outside, we’ve upgraded its design and control functionality. The motor is larger and it has a much higher crushing capacity compared to equivalent sized crushers,’ Mark Utecht, Weir Minerals’ Director of Comminution Engineering said. ‘The result: we now have an incredibly robust, powerful and technologically advanced crusher that is easy to operate, has a low wear rate and uses less energy, which ultimately lowers operating costs,’ he said. While many OEMs have made the decision to discontinue their live-shaft cone crushers, Weir Minerals has resisted this trend, believing that – because every mining and sand and aggregate operation is different – there can’t be a one-size-fits all approach. Instead, Weir Minerals partners with its customers and empowers them to choose the machine best suited to their crushing needs. There are some applications and situations where pedestal (fixed-shaft) style crushers may be the more appropriate solution, which is why Weir Minerals continues to manufacture the premium Trio® TP pedestal style machine. Weir Minerals is the only global equipment manufacturer that offers both the TC live shaft and TP fixed shaft style machines. ‘The combination of the Trio TP and TC fixed and live-shaft cone crushers ensures that Weir Minerals continue to offer their customers the right technology, regardless of their site structure, operating conditions or application,’ Mark Utecht, Weir Minerals’ Director of Comminution Engineering said. Trio® live- and fixed-shaft cone crushers are made for modern mines and quarries with advanced hydraulics, wear resistant material and the latest technology. ‘This is really exciting for our customers, as they now have a real choice. The combination of our TC and TP series allows us to have an honest conversation with our customers on the options available to them and make a technological recommendation which truly meets their needs,’ Ekkhart Matthies, Weir Minerals’ Global Application Director said. Replacing existing live-shaft style machines on site with the Trio® TC84XR crusher is now a straightforward process because it has very similar dimensions and is a comparable weight to its live-shaft predecessors. And because it produces the same product, downstream changes aren’t required, which isn’t the case when replacing a live-shaft style machine with a fixed-shaft style machine. In other words, there is no need to re-design existing circuits. Technology upgrades The recent technology upgrades in the Trio® TC84XR crusher have improved its safety, functionality and reliability. ‘At Weir Minerals, we understand and appreciate the important role live-shaft cone crushers play in today’s challenging crushing applications. Combining decades of experience and first-hand customer feedback with innovative designs, the highest quality materials and latest in control technology we believe that our new Trio TC84XR cone crusher is the most reliable and robust live-shaft cone in the market today’ Ekkhart Matthies, Weir Minerals Global Application Director said. Engineered to perform in the most extreme applications, the Trio® TC84XR crusher is robust and easy to maintain and operate. It reliably delivers high crushing force and high horsepower in primary, crushed ore and quarry rock applications. The ability of the TC84XR crusher to handle variable feed and crush pebbles is also partly a result of its large motor; it’s been designed with higher power capability than comparable cone crushers. Ultimately, this translates to a higher potential crushing force and therefore increase in production. Another feature that allows it to handle variable feed, as well as deal with tramp material safely, is the fully-automated tramp-release and setting recovery system. The tramp release hydraulics can also be used to safely clear the crushing chamber should a sudden disruption in plant power cause a shut-down of the cone crusher. The socket assembly has been redesigned to improve sealing, which has optimised functionality and manufacturability by reducing the machining setups of the socket and seal rings. The Weir Minerals comminution team has also redesigned the countershaft assembly to remove welding and machining, while simultaneously improving venting and the dust seal. The Trio® TC84XR crusher, like the range of TP series cone crushers, can be fitted with ESCO® wear parts, designed with superior ESCO® alloys, they can be custom designed based on your specific requirements. With over 100 years of casting expertise and in-house engineering and metallurgy, ESCO transforms what was already a robust machine into one that, in the toughest conditions, is unsurpassed. All Trio® equipment is supported by the Weir Minerals unmatched global service centre network – with over 160 facilities worldwide. Further information can be found at https://info.global.weir/trio
PNG Business News - November 26, 2021
PM Marape welcomes K22 billion Budget
Photo credit: PM James Marape News Page - Treasurer Ling-Stuckey tabling the 2022 Budget Prime Minister Hon. James Marape has welcomed the tabling of the record K22.175 billion 2022 Budget by Treasurer Ian Ling-Stuckey in Parliament. He said it would help Papua New Guinea on the path to economic recovery as well as support successful delivery of the 2022 National General Election. “The total Budget of K22.175 billion is 9.3 per cent higher than the 2021 Supplementary Budget, with a revenue envelope of K16.190 billion which is 18.4 per cent higher than the 2021 Supplementary Budget,” PM Marape said. “The fiscal deficit for 2022 is K5.895 billion, which is 5.9 per cent of the 2022 Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Compare this deficit to K6. 6 billion or 7 per cent of GDP in 2021. “In 2022, the PNG economy is projected to grow strongly by 5.4 per cent, from K93 billion in 2021` to K102 billion. “The 2022 Budget will continue the budget repair and economic recovery path, with strong focus on non-resource sector growth, and at the same time support families and businesses. “There will be increased development and capital funding to high priority programmes and sufficient funding for key social sectors to stimulate economic growth. “The delivery of my Government’s third Budget today, despite the many challenges and obstacles, shows clearly the work that we have been doing. “It points to the fact that our path to economic recovery is correct, and with critical analysis by all multilateral Budget partners like Asian Development Bank, International Monetary Fund and World Bank, our positive trajectories show an increase in GDP for next year and beyond as well as a declining budget deficit trend. “The handing down of the Budget is the single most-important parliamentary occasion of any government. “With hangovers and effects of a slowed economy due to COVID-19, your Government has used the last three years of National Budget to ensure our domestic economy was functional and alive, and our crucial services were maintained. “I want to assure our people and all stakeholders in our economy that we are responsible and prudent to ensure expected outcomes of our Budget are achieved.” PM Marape said since his Government took office in May 2019, it had used the Budget to support schools, hospitals, COVID-19 programmes, road construction, SME funds, retiring old debts and contractual obligations, paying outstanding industrial awards, and many others. “Our 2022 Budget embraces our national outcomes including opening up all parts of our country; intervening in sustainable economy; starting up Porgera, Papua LNG and Wafi-Golpu for our economy; paying for our children’s education in 2022 and beyond; building new hospitals; ramping up support to Bougainville; clearing up projects like new Supreme Court Building and ensuring the 2022 General Election is fully funded,” he said. “All the above we are doing whilst maintaining strict discipline in sticking to our money plan, with our development partners observing our discipline to reforms. “Key in our reforms is to borrow low-cost US dollar denominated borrowings like the Australian $400-million dollar and the Japanese Government US$280million 0.01 per cent five-year grace period lending, which all came directly into our economy by way of Budget support. “I just want to assure our people and our economic stake holders that we are going through tough times, but we will use the Budget policies wisely to share the load of burden and also ensure key infrastructure like the 1900 kilometres of road we built the last two years all over rural PNG through our flagship ‘Connect PNG’ programme are continued.” Article courtesy of PM James Marape News Page