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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, May 4) – Southern Highlands Governor Hami Yawari has appealed to Oil Search for help in completing a 10-kilometer road project, from Yalenda Bridge to Yalenda village.

The provincial government has already committed K250,000 (US$80,000) for the first phase of the project, which is estimated to cost K5 million (US$1.6 million) .

The road now ends at Yalenda River, and first Chevron and now Oil Search won’t go any further because there is no oil in that area.

Landowner leader Tony Kila said he had fought long and hard for these companies to connect the road to the village, but to no avail.

Mr Yawari said the perception that Oil Search will only build roads to oil must change.

"Yalenda is in the project area and we would like to see the hands of Oil Search in this project," he said.

Project manager Thomas Daki said contractor Komum Gravel Supplies Ltd would begin work when the equipment arrives from Lae. The project would take about a year.

May 5, 2005

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