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October 23, 2021

Southern Highlands Infrastructure Projects Underway

Major road infrastructure projects are currently underway in Southern Highlands Province and more is expected to come in the years ahead.

Prime Minister, Peter O&rsquO’Neill announced this during the IDG presentation for Hela Province in Port Moresby today.


Work has already started from Kiburu Junction in Mendi to the Hela Province.


The road from Mendi in Southern Highlands to the new Hela province is one of those identified to be funded under the UBSA agreement.


Work has already begun on a 6.5 kilometre stretch of the road between the Kiburu Junction to Poroma; this section is 95 per cent complete.


Work on this road has been undertaken by local Construction Company, Construct Oceanic Limited at a cost of K24 million.


This company has also been engaged to carry out other projects within the province, some funded by the national government, others by the provincial government, like the Mendi town sealing.


Managing Director, Sape Molumi thanked the National government for having confidence in local contractors, and said his company will work closely with the government’s Work’s Department, to ensure it complies with the department’s conformations and specifications so to deliver quality projects.


He said he does this by initiating his own quality checks on the roads before the department does its own.


Construct Oceanic Limited has completed the Ialibu town sealing at a cost of K5 million in 2012, did routine maintenance and drainage on the Mendi to Wara Angula road, a National Roads Authority funded project at a cost of K7.8 million, and is sealing roads within Mendi town.


Construct Oceanic is now establishing its new site with staff houses, ready to take on and deliver new projects.


In the meantime, Prime Minister O&rsquO’Neill said the government is working to complete the Gulf Southern Highlands highway.


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