MINERAL Resources Authority has signed a deal with a helicopter company to transport its geologists to conduct a mapping survey in Goilala district, Central.
Pacific Air Ltd will transport geologists to Wasa and Yule from July 27 to October 13. The helicopter and associated support operation will be based at the Fane Station, Goilala.
Most flights will be in a radius of up to 80km from the base.
MRA managing director Philip Samar said the contract was awarded after a tendering process with the National Tenders Board.
“We are happy to work with companies who can provide services of international standards,” Samar said.
He said the MRA was using its own funds to carry out geological survey work because it believed that the results would go a long way in helping exploration work for potential investors and a planning tool for the Government.
The mapping project will be the third to be carried out by a PNG team of geologists from the PNG Geological Survey in MRA.
From 2011 and 2014, a similar survey was carried out in Wau-Bulolo of Morobe.