In a statement, the firm said: “Due to damage sustained to a number of our camp sites and to ensure the ongoing safety and welfare of our staff, the Company has commenced demobilising all non-essential personnel to Port Moresby.
“This exercise will continue over the next few days.”
A review of Oil Search-operated wells, gathering systems, production facilities and other infrastructure is now underway to establish whether there has been any material damage and what, if any, remedial work is required to ensure the integrity and safety of their assets.
“This work, together with initial rehabilitation activities on our camps, infrastructure and facilities, is expected to take at least a week.
“Further analysis over this time will provide us with relevant information to determine when we will be able to resume safe production operations.
“We will continue to work closely with the PNG LNG Project operator in coordinating these activities, where appropriate.”
OSL further said communities throughout their operational areas have also been impacted by the earthquake and they are working with the Oil Search Foundation and relevant Government authorities to determine the extent of the impact and how they can assist.
“We will keep the market advised of any material updates.”
(Oil rig in the Southern Highlands Province – Picture: ABC)