PNG boosts training facilities

PAPUA New Guinea will be the third country in the world and first in the Pacific to have a simulated gas processing plant on site for its oil and gas training academy, while Oil Search funds US study trip for nationals.
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The simulated live gas process training facility was being assembled at the Kumul Petroleum Academy outside of Port Moresby in recent weeks.
The academy recently announced last month all the equipment to support the facility has arrived in the country from Philippines and are stacked at the academy.
The mock plant will be a replica of the ExxonMobil-operated facility with live process systems, a centralised control room, emergency protecting systems, electrical distribution centre and a helipad.
It will provide trainees a real life experience that will be as close to hands-on to the real plant as possible, before they head out into the field.
A technical team of eight from ASX-listed Site Group International arrived with the facility to help oversee construction.
In the past trainees had to travel internationally for part of their education, but the Kumul Petroleum Academy was gradually increasing its range of services so much training can be conducted in country.
The new facility should be complete by next month.
Its installation comes at a time when Total, Oil Search and ExxonMobil have indicated that the next two trains will likely be integrated with the existing PNG LNG plant. 
Separately, two recent graduates from the University of Papua New Guinea's School of Natural and Physical Sciences have just returned from the United States with a fresh insight into the oil and gas industry thanks to Oil Search and the Energy & Geoscience Institute.
EGI offers the largest university-based industry research program in the world, and is a companion organisation to the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. 
Oil Search is a corporate associate member of EGI, and can access to proprietary research data, cutting edge technology and expert resources.
When PNG nationals Amy Kaumi and Velencia Komun wanted professional development they contacted local EGI representatives Dr John Conolly and Dr Simon McDonald during sampling activities for EGI's Southern Papuan Basin Integrated Petroleum Systems.
Kaumi and Komun were hired to assist the scientists with rock sample collection at the Department of Petroleum and Energy in Port Moresby. 
The program used EGI's state of the art analytical techniques to delineate the richness, quality and maturity of potential hydrocarbon source rocks and geochemically characterise a suite of PNG's oil and gas samples. 
As a result of their experiences the pair were invited to a six month secondment to EGI's headquarters in Salt Lake City from January.
They have just completed their secondment to the institute and returned home with a deeper understanding and appreciation for petroleum geology and its many aspects.



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