BY MATTHEW VARI
The largest ever hydro project undertaken, Ramu 2 Hydro, could see around 900 additional jobs created during its seven year construction period.
Kumul Consolidated Holdings Managing director Darren Young said, answering queries from the Post Courier, that for the K3 billion project adding 180 additional megawatts to the country’s energy generation, the construction period would see sustained jobs created not only on the physical structures, but also other facilities sustaining the mega build.
“With these massive civil hydro projects, you will see jobs, anything up to 900 employees just through the construction period.
“There will be experts there. They’ll be certainly lots of jobs for our people certainly in the construction sector.
“We have got access roads, power generation, transmission, the powerlines from the turbines out to the project sites at Wafi-(Golpu) and Ramu Nickle,” Mr Young said
Minister for Public Enterprise and State Investments William Duma said obviously job creation will be on the cards for the consortium building the major project.
“We expect the consortium at some phase of the construction, depending upon their needs and the expertise; they will look at employing our people and of course the spinoff activities.
“Constructions workers will need food every day, drinks, all those associated things. Our locals will be able to provide services to the local companies. Money will actually trickle down,” Mr Duma said.