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Kiunga-Tabubil Highway
Majority runs through

 Western Province

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Map of Kiunga-Tabubil Highway
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Kiunga, with the Fly River in the foreground, right, Ningerum station, Tabubil and the Ok Tedi River shown top left/left. The Kiunga-Tabubil Highway runs throughout the centre of this image.
Length 137 km
General direction North-South
From Ok Tedi Mine
Major settlements Tabubil, Ningerum
To Kiunga
Runs Alongside Ok Tedi River, Ok-Tedi Kiunga Pipeline

The Kiunga-Tabubil Highway is an all weather road that runs from the river port town of Kiunga through Ningerum and Tabubil to the Ok Tedi Mine site, in the remote North Fly District of the Western Province of Papua New Guinea. The road is around 137 kilometres (85 mi) long, but this changes as sections are rehashed.

It is maintained by Ok Tedi Mining Limited, who are the greatest beneficiaries of the road. The highway, for the most part, runs parallel with the Ok Tedi River, which, due to the fact it is a high volume waterway resting on a sand bank, is an incredibly fast moving and volatile river. Parts of the highway are often consumed by the river and need to be rebuilt. The cost of maintaining this road is K1.5 million a year, in a region where people have an average annual income of about K50 a year. There is a copper slurry pipeline running along the full length of the road.


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