Eda Ranu takes over city water treatment plant
Eda Ranu, a government entity has take full ownership of the Mt Eriama sewage and water treatment plant (facilities) after 22 years from the concessionaire contractor Malaysian Consortium PNG water limited (JC-KRTA) which saw the official transfer of the facilities to Eda Ranu as of today (yesterday).
The water treatment plant will be controlled and operate by Eda Ranu after the successful transition of the facilities as the 22 years concession agreement come to an end.
Water PNG Limited managing director Raka Taviri Jr in welcoming the guests and dignitaries from both the parties from Eda Ranu and the concessionaire Malaysian Consortium PNG Water Ltd (JC-KRTA) said is special day and challenged Eda Ranu to carry on what the concessionaire has done for the last 22 years and perhaps elevate it to the next level.
Eda Ranu board vice chairman Nelson Tengi said today is a big day and big activity for Eda Ranu and it’s a breakthrough for all the work force.
Mr Tengi said he is also grateful to see the loyalty of the previous workforce here.
“For 22 years and it was not an easy task to keep Port Moresby going on water and having said that 22 years we got all the pipes and everything underwater and we don’t know what’s happening underneath.”
“And to take ownership over that I think it will be a really great challenge for the board and the management. We need to celebrate but, at the same time we need to work very hard to see the water into the nation’s capital Port Moresby must be running,” he said.
Mr Tengi added that it will be a great task and challenge now for the government and for Eda Ranu we need to work together and get the water out to the city.
Kumul Consolidated Holdings executive manager and share holders’ rep Parkop Kurua said it’s a long journey and they have been looking forward to this day where we can take back some the assets that we have invested for a long time.
He also congratulated the project management team who have been working on this facility transfer on successful transition of the facilities.
“The government has embarked on public private partnership (PPP) model in very recent times, but this facility is the first PPP arrangement that have ever been taken by PNG so Eda Ranu will go on record to deliver on a successful PPP model in delivering an infrastructure project like this,” he said.
His message from to the water PNG team is to uphold the integrity of the facility.
Mr Kurua also thanked and acknowledges the built, operate and transfer (BOT) constructor for doing such a good job.
“Eda Ranu and Water PNG will now take on the challenge so we wish you well please make sure our people are at heart to deliver this essential service,” added Mr Kurua.
He went to acknowledge the support of developing partners who have been assisting water PNG and Eda Ranu in looking at the different models of delivering infrastructure projects for water sector in Port Moresby and elsewhere and pledge to continue to work with them.
A total number of 28 employees of the previous BOT concession contractor were also transferred to working under Eda Ranu with a bit of pay rise from their normal wages.