A Chinese company plans to build a new city on the Papua New Guinean island of Daru, which sits on the nation’s sea border with Australia.
The proposal includes an industrial zone, seaport, business and commercial zone, along with a resort and residential area.
It’s planned for Daru Island, in the Torres Strait, only about 200 kilometres from the Australian mainland
A spokesperson for Papua New Guinean Prime Minister James Marape said the PM was “unaware” of the project.
According to leaked documents, the proposal for ‘New Daru City’ includes an industrial zone, seaport, business and commercial zone, along with a resort and residential area, over a 100 square km area.
In a letter addressed to Prime Minister James Marape and dated April of last year, the Hong Kong registered company, WYW Holding Limited, said its “investment and development plan” included “broad ranging ideas” for the development of several areas of PNG’s Western Province, including Daru.
It says the “ambitious plan” is “predicted on an agreed Sovereign Guarantee based on a long-term BOT [Build Operate Transfer] contract”.
A BOT would give ownership of the project to the company for a specified amount of time.
The company said it had entered into “preliminary discussions with representatives of Western Province.”
Daru Island lies in the Torres Strait and is only about 200 kilometres from the Australian mainland.