POMSSUP Gains Momentum

Monday June 2, 2014 – WORK is speeding up for the Port Moresby Sewerage System Upgrading Project (POMSSUP)…

Geotechnical Investigations were recently finalized for the state of the art sewerage treatment plant (STP) at Kilakila site in Port Moresby. This coincided with the signing of the Contract Agreement between the National Government and Japanese Consultancy Company, NJS.  NJS Consultants, a water and sewerage engineering company from Japan will be the supervising consultant for POMSSUP.

Last week POMSSUP published the Invitation for Prequalification (IFP) which starts the formal tendering process for the construction works of the sewerage network and the Kilakila STP.

As part of the construction startup phase of the project, Central Drillers, a subcontractor to Golder Associates Limited carried out the geotechnical drilling activities on site.

Project Director of POMSSUP, Werner Gebauer and Project Manager, Craig Mecklem were at the site to inspect the progress of site works, which provides information on the condition of the deeper soil layers and soil formations to determine best ways to undertake the site earthworks.

The new STP meets the highest international standards for waste water treatment and will protect the Papuan Lagoon as a pristine maritime environment.

Access to improved water sources and safe sanitation has been declining in recent years as services fail to keep up with population growth and demand. This has resulted in the increased incidence of disease and hardship felt most acutely by the more vulnerable in Papua New Guinea. The IPBC aims to reverse that trend and expedite the delivery of water, sanitation and hygiene services into urban and rural areas as well as the villages as fast as possible.

POMSSUP is the first step to sustainably increase hygiene conditions to international standards for the benefit of the whole region.

Construction activities for the sewer works will cover the coastal catchment of Port Moresby including 30km of reticulation and the construction and rehabilitation of 13 Pump Stations.

The Independent Public Business Corporation (IPBC) is the implementing agency for POMSSUP, operated after completion by Eda Ranu. The project is funded by the Japanese government through JICA.

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