Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: U.S. Ambassador Catherine Ebert-Gray unveiled the plans for the new U.S. embassy compound (NEC) to Government officials, stakeholders and the media today.
“This new Embassy is a symbol of the importance the United States’ places on our relationship with Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands and our continued support for the Pacific region,” said Ambassador Ebert-Gray.
The Ambassador emphasized the beneficial effects the project will have on the local economy, in terms of workforce training, construction material purchases, and local jobs.
“In addition to working with local contractors who hire local workers, we will bring in three hundred construction specialists to work alongside and train an additional three hundred local PNG workers in the highly technical field of security construction.” Ambassador Ebert-Gray said. Security construction is a growth industry around the world.
The NEC will incorporate green building techniques and water reclaiming technology. This includes the use of sustainably forested wood products, low emission building materials, water efficient landscaping and the use of up to twenty per cent recycled materials. By optimizing energy performance the new Embassy will use up to forty-two per cent less energy.
According to Project Director Deya Desouza, fifteen to twenty local contractors will be hired to work on the NEC. All building material that can be obtained locally will be, and employment opportunities will become available during construction include catering services, transportation as well as increased number of staff at the Embassy upon its completion, she said.
The NEC located at Konedobu will be completed in September 2019 with the grounds expected to be completed by November 2018, in time for the APEC Leaders’ meetings. Staff will move into the new facility approximately two months after it is completed.