Trans Papua construction costs Rp50 trillion

Trans Papua construction costs Rp50 trillion

, 12 July 2010


The building of roads linking the regencies in Papua province (Trans Papua) will need some Rp50 trillion in 20 years.

Head of the Papua Public Works Agency Adwin R Ichwan said in Timika Monday that the Papua provincial administration is busy building roads in the province.

"As of 2008 we have started building the Trans Papua project covering 6,000 kilometers linking all the provinces and towns in the province," Adwin said.

The project needs Rp50 trillion, obtained from the Papua Special Autonomy Fund (Otsus) and from the central government from the State Budget.

One of the roads currently under construction, he said, is linking Mimika and Paniai regencies, especially the Kali Kopi bridge on Iwaka River, Mimika, the main road to Dekai Paniai.

The road, he added, has a highly strategic value as Papua provincial administration is busy building a hydro-power plant (PLTA) with a capacity of 300-350 MW in Urumuka River, Kapiraya, Central West Mimika District.

The PLTA, the first of its kind in Papua, will supply power to five regencies, namely Mimika, Paniai, Deyai, Dogiyai and Nabire. And even the gold mine, copper and silver mining company PT Freeport Indonesia also planned to buy the electricity from the PLTA in Kapiraya.

Adwin said that with regard to the building of Trans Papua, the Papua provincial administration will follow up on the cooperation with PT Freeport in utilizing the tailing which has no economic value.

The Papua Public Works Agency, he added, has sent a proporal to the Public Works Ministry in Jakarta to include the concrete tailing in the Indonesian National Standard (SNI) for use in road construction throughout Indonesia.

"We need a regional regulation at regency level to fix affordable prices, so that many other regencies and provinces would also be using it. This year we will try to build houses using tailing brick and later ask for accreditation for a quake proof testing," Adwin said.

The tailing material flowing from the processing plant of PT Freeport near Tembagapura by way of Aijkwa River (Kabur river) for depositing it in low land of Mimika and in Timika may reach 200 thousand tons per day.

Before his installation as Vice President in October 2009, Boediono came to a number of areas in Papua like Timika and Wamena, for a close look at prospects of building main roads to Papua`s interland.

In the visit Boediono in the company of Rizal Mallarangeng promised to pay proper attention to the building of roads to Central Papua mountain range for faster construction of roads in the hinterland and for minimizing the cost of the people`s main needs which had been flown there by air.