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Major development coming to remote Pomio District

By Jonathan Tanos PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, July 10, 2011) – A million-kina [US$435,000] oil palm development has been planned for the remote Pomio District in East New Britain.

Situated at Tol in the Wide Bay area, the new economic establishment will be sustained by a multi-million kina oil palm estate, a bio-diesel plant and a major tourism operation there.

The 2000 hectare oil palm developed by Tzen Plantations has already been planted under an agro-forestry project which is currently being expanded and expected to rival and surpass other major operations in the country, local MP and Minister for National Planning Paul Tiensten announced this last week.

Equipment and clearance for an international wharf where its mill will be established are already on the ground with work to commence later this month.

Road development connecting its various oil palm estates is being developed together will current logging of timber.

Land clearance and construction of bungalows for a new resort has already commenced.

A major supermarket and business offices are now being furnished.

Upgrading of a current disused airstrip is also being undertaken while initial survey work has already been done together with designs drawn for other relevant infrastructure for the growth centre.

Architect of the growth centre Mr Tiensten said the airstrip was also an essential part of the set up in order to ensure investors flew in and out on time after conducting business at Tol.

"The sustenance of the infrastructure development in this remote part of the country has been carefully designed to integrate these three major components including oil palm, bio-diesel production and tourism plus international class wharf facilities," Mr Tiensten said.

"For major business operations like this, integration of public housing, amenities, educational institutions, service centres, maintenance and supplies plus other essential services are inclusive as well.

"This is a new era for the Pomio District which has always been confined to the back pages of development in this country.

"But we are not sitting back any longer this project will set the stage for similar satellite developments around the Pomio District."

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