Tari airport upgrade is waiting on CASA
China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation hopes its can begin upgrading the Tari airport under the K77 million ADB-PNG government co-funded project this month (August).
When exactly work will start is yet to be confirmed, according to the company.
Company representative based in Tari, John Wong, said the company has mobilised all equipment to Tari on standby for the work, but is awaiting final instructions from the Civil Aviation and Safety Authority (CASA).
He said the project will take 15 months to complete and is anticipated to start with runway construction awaiting CASA to complete its part in allowing the construction to progress.
He said CASA needs to sign an instrument in order for the company to start the runway construction this month.
Mr Wong said he has been advised that National Airport Corporation (NAC) and ADB will be in Tari this month (August) for inspection duties and will provide further formal instruction to commence the runway construction.
He said extension of Tari airport takes into scope the expansion from the current runway by 300 metres and a new two storey terminal building totalling more than K70 million.
He said as well the undertaking includes a new taxi way and apron.
Mr Wong said their only challenge has been the continued rainy weather but otherwise the Hela people are very friendly unlike what they were told before coming to PNG.
“We will deliver the project on time and within the allocated budget,” Mr Wong said.
The airport works is part of the 10-year Civil Aviation Development Investment Program (CADIP) funded by the Asian Development Bank and the government.
And while awaiting PNG authorities to furnish their end of the K77 million ADB funded Tari airport extension deal, the company has gone ahead to complete sealing of the 1.5 kilometre Kupari road in Tari today (Friday).
While starting next week on the sealing of the 6 kilometre Koroba station road.