Resource companies called to develop human resource

Major resource companies in the oil and gas sector have been called to seriously think about improving the professional skills development of Papua New Guineans.

Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited Managing Director, Wapu Sonk, said the investing in PNG’s human development will create a sustainable industry for PNG in future.

Sonk made the comments when welcoming two of KPHL employees who recently acquired Masters Degree’s after a seven-month program in Spain.

“I’d like to call on them to take national content and human resource development in the industry seriously and develop our people,” said Sonk.

Petroleum Engineer, Zachariah Karap, and Geologist, Elliona Maso, returned after an intensive program studied at the Centro de Formacion De Repsol in Madrid.

The program was sponsored by Repsol, South Africa’s largest Oil and Gas Company, who’ve been in the country since May 2015 following its acquisition of Talisman Energy.

Repsol’s PNG Government Relations Lead, Peter Woyengu, said the company was happy to assist developing human resource in the country.

“It is not necessarily that we come to explore, but investing in human development is vital as well,” he said.

Repsol has 12 discovered fields and 10 licenses with large on-shore acreage in the unexplored Western Papua Foreland Basin.

It is the operator of the PDL 10 Stanley Gas Field and also holds material interest in the PRL 21 Ketu/Elevala Gas Field.


Picture (from L to R): Zachariah Karap, Wapu Sonk, Elliona Maso, and Peter Woyengu. (Credit: Cedric Patjole)

Cedric Patjole