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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post Courier, July 4) – Papua New Guinea’s Ok Tedi Mining Limited has handed over key infrastructure projects in Daru worth PGK7.2 million [US$2.5 million] to the Fly River provincial administration.

[PIR editor’s note: Daru is a small island off the southern coast of Papua New Guinea’s Western Province ]

These projects are the new Daru Airport terminal and upgraded facilities at Daru Hospital — which include the operating theatre, ablution block, generator shed and incinerator.

Ok Tedi Mining general manager for corporate relations Robin Moaina and executive manager for Ok Tedi Development Foundation Musje Werror officiated at the ceremony attended by both the provincial and national representatives. The two projects have been funded under the Ok Tedi Tax Credit Scheme. Messrs Moaina and Werror told the provincial administration that Ok Tedi Mining, through the Tax Credit Scheme, would continue to develop key infrastructure in the province. They said future projects funded under Tax Credit Scheme would be focused on maintenance and construction of health and education facilities in the province.

The duo told the Fly River Provincial Government representatives and Daru Hospital administration the challenge was now theirs to ensure these facilities handed over to them were maintained and properly looked after.

The Daru airport terminal was approved by the Department of Mining and Internal Revenue Commission in December 1999 and construction commenced in November 2001. However, the project, which cost PGK2.2 million [US$769,000], was put on hold for nearly four years due to technical issues until May 2005 when work resumed and was completed in May this year.

The Daru Hospital operating theatre, incinerator, generator shed, and ablution block project had been approved by Department of Mining and Internal Revenue Commission in April 2000. Meanwhile, the provincial administration thanked Ok Tedi Mining for its continued support for bringing much needed infrastructure development into the province.

July 5, 2006

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