16 Feb 2009

Marshall Island contractor wins infrastructure job in FSM

1:14 pm on 16 February 2009

After a 5 year delay, a Marshall Islands contractor has won a 27.5 million US dollar bid to pave roads and install a sewer system in the Federated States of Micronesia.

The U.S. Department of Interior infrastructure official, Stephen Savage, says approximately 130 million dollars in U.S. construction grant funds has accumulated since a Compact of Free Association went into effect in 2003.

Organizational problems and a legal dispute between the FSM government and its first project management group prevented the use of U.S. funding until now.

Mr Savage says Pacific International Inc., a Majuro-based construction company, won the largest bid to date for sewer installation and road paving in Chuuk, one of four states in the FSM,

A major focus of U.S. funding in both the FSM and Marshall Islands is infrastructure improvements.