UP to 5,000 technical workers from Indonesia are expected to come to PNG to be employed in the construction phase of the multi-billion-kina PNG liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, The National reports.
Indonesian embassy’s charge de affairs Budimansyah said an Indonesian company had won a sub-contract in the construction phase of the LNG project, and they would be bringing in these workers to do the job.
It is understood the Indonesian company won a sub-contract for work at portion 152 outside
But he said the 5,000 would be highly skilled technical workers.
The company is believed to be owned by the Indonesian government.
A PNG government spokesman, when asked to comment on this, said some aspects of work at portion 152 were highly technical, and the Indonesian workers brought
in had the experience in this field.
The government had also spoken in the past about plans to bring in 7,000 workers from
“The multi-billion-kina gas project has also attracted Indonesian companies who are seeking joint ventures with PNG companies to build cement factories in Lae and
He said the relationship between the two countries that share a common land border, had reached new heights since the visit by Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono early this year.
He said businessmen from
He said 10 young businessmen had returned to PNG and were travelling to Lae to hold talks with the Papindo Group of Companies for a possible joint venture in building a cement factory.
“The demand for building houses is very high with the current LNG project.
“These businessmen are looking at feasibilities and possible joint venture with PNG companies to build cement factories.”
Budimansyah said if the condition was conducive, they would build cement factories in Lae and
He said the increased opportunities and good investment climate in PNG was attracting a lot of Indonesian companies.