Initiated by Abau District MP and Health Minister Puka Temu, parts of the facility have now been completed, including the administration building, toilet and bathroom facilities and housing for the power generation plant.
These improvements will enable Kupiano to be upgraded to a level 4 District Hospital status when Phase 2 of the project is completed. It will include the outpatient and emergency department, general ward and maternity ward.
Oil Search says the centre is the only referral health centre in the district and the new hospital will fill a massive need for local people who rely mostly on facilities with limited capacity.
Construction work on the new hospital started last year after the ground-breaking ceremony by Tema, who thanked Oil Search for undertaking the infrastructure tax credit scheme project which would benefit Abau.
"We really appreciate what the hospital will do for us. I know that Oil Search has assisted many Papua New Guineans and we want to say thank you for helping to make a difference in the lives of the people of Abau," he said during the ceremony.
During a recent site visit by an Oil Search team, Abau District development planner Gali Bugave thanked the company for reaching out to remote areas and delivering valuable infrastructure such as the hospital.
"The community is very happy with Oil Search and the way it is able to reach out to the remote areas and deliver valuable infrastructure like the hospital. The scheme is a very good thing that helps the country," he said.
The redevelopment of the hospital is expected to be completed by February 2019.