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Construction begins for climate-resilient international port in Nauru

Camilla Solomon, Senior Country Officer, ADB Pacific Office in Nauru, the President of Nauru, Lionel Aingimea, and  Sonya Gray, Acting High Commissioner,  Australian High Commission, Nauru, with the project team

Camilla Solomon, Senior Country Officer, ADB Pacific Office in Nauru, the President of Nauru, Lionel Aingimea, and Sonya Gray, Acting High Commissioner, Australian High Commission, Nauru, with the project team

A Cardno-managed program in Nauru to increase trade opportunities, facilitate economic growth, and relieve pressure on the cost of living has begun construction on the small island nation’s new international port.

Financed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Global Climate Fund, and the governments of Australia and Nauru, the Nauru Sustainable and Climate Resilient Connectivity Project is undertaking works to improve the country’s maritime trade and connectivity.

On Tuesday, Nauru President Lionel Aingimea visited the site as engineers installed large reinforced concrete piles into the atoll’s bedrock.

“We are now realising our dream of having an international port, and strong development partnership during implementation will be the key to the success of this project,” said Mr. Aingimea.

Nauru is among the world’s most vulnerable countries, highly susceptible to natural disasters and the effects of climate change. With a population of approximately 13,000 people, Nauru is highly dependent on maritime transport for its sustainability.

The new port will be climate-proofed to allow large vessels to berth safely, with the construction of the wharf featuring a berth pocket and breakwater designed for Nauru conditions. In 2018, the Cardno-designed port development project was awarded the 2018 Outstanding Sustainable Transport Project Award by the ADB.

The ADB has explained the project “will transform the largely inoperable boat harbour into an efficient, reliable, and climate-resilient port which will improve the quality of life of all the people in Nauru.”

In partnership with the ADB, Cardno is proudly committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific.

For further information contact:

Alison McKechnie
Regional Manager – Physical Infrastructure
Phone: +61 3 9937 0764
Email: Alison.McKechnie@cardno.com