Russian Company to Build Spaceport for Papua New Guinea

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A Russian company has agreed to build a spaceport for Papua New Guinea. Negotiations between the government of New Ireland Province and the Russian company, which founded an international consortium for spaceport construction, are underway, according to news website Papua New Guinea Today, which cited Julius Chen, governor of the province.

Chen declined to reveal the name of the Russian company involved. According to the publication, the company "is supported by the Russian government and President Vladimir Putin." The cost of the project wasn't disclosed, although "it's estimated that it would be several billion dollars," the newspaper reported.

Chen announced the New Ireland Province spaceport project two years ago.