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Upgrade contract let for PPG airport

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New Zealand construction firm, McConnell Dowell, has been awarded the contract for the upgrade of the Pago Pago airport runway in American Samoa.

This project is funded by the Federal Aviation Administration which has allocated $US9.2 million dollars and given McConnell Dowell until the end of February next year to complete the job.

Governor Lolo Moliga had protested about foreign businesses getting the work and had asked the FAA to waive the performance bond requirement for this project to encourage a local firm to bid, in an effort to boost the territory's economy.

But the FAA denied the waiver request with its program manager, Ronson Fox, saying the performance bond provides protection for American Samoa if the contractor fails to complete the job.