The National aka The Loggers Times
THE mining of the first 100km of limestone deposit in some of Chimbu’s mountainous region has the capacity to last 100 years and generate millions of kina, chief consultant and geologist Kon Digan says.
He pointed at some of the technicalities and findings of his feasibility studies in Kundiawa yesterday during a visit by a Chinese investor company.
Digan said the limestone deposits stretched along four districts for several hundred kilometres.
He said the deposits would last generations and was indeed a multi-million kina project.
He said his findings disclosed that the project would fetch up to K400 million a month.
Digan said the spinoffs from the project for landowners would be so enormous that it would spread over time and generations.
“We are happy to welcome China Mechanical Engineering Corporation, one of the many investors that showed interest to come and visit the sites for development before putting in necessary logistics before the project kicks off early next year,” Digan said.
CMEC has similar projects in Africa.
Engineers Ma Yebing (team leader) and Hu Rui and company projects manager Zhu Xiangmei arrived in Kundiawa yesterday on a fact-finding mission.
Chimbu Governor Noah Kool and administrator Joe Kunda welcomed the team and took them through a Powerpoint presentation yesterday afternoon.
They will be taken on a tour of project sites today.
Commercial lime, which is produced from limestone, has many industrial uses.
Province welcomes limestone project
THE future of Chimbu lies in limestone, an internationally recognised limestone investor based in China says.
Team leader of visiting executives from the China Mechanical Engineering Corporation (CMEC) Ma Yebing told a packed crowd in Kundiawa, including provincial administrator Joe Kunda and Governor Noah Kool yesterday that the future of Chimbu was hanging on the limestone resource it has.
CMEC, an internationally recognised company, has shown interest in developing the limestone resource in a joint venture with Simbu Limestone Development Corporation Ltd for the people of the province.
Yebing, an engineer with CMEC, said they were here to develop the limestone and build a treatment plant, but this first visit was to discuss technical issues associated with the project and find solutions.
He quoted a Chinese proverb, ‘a journey of a thousand miles starts with the first step’, and said they were now taking the first step.
“The Chimbu limestone project will be successful because your future is hanging on it,” he said.
The other team members are Hu Rui, an engineer, and Zhu Xiangmei, the project manager.
Kool welcomed the team, describing the visit as a special occasion in the initial stage of the project.
“The national Government is giving undivided support to the project through the Commerce and Trade Department and the provincial government is determined to see the first cement bag from the limestone,” Kool said.
“We want to see a cement factory come into fruition.”