By Staff Reporter : PNG Today
According to Kumul Petroleum Holdings Ltd (KPHL), the proposed Western Pipeline would provide transportation for aggregated oil and gas from Western and Gulf.
KPHL’s team working on the project confirmed that the project was on budget and on schedule to complete the pre-feed stage in May.
The team had also finalised onshore routes for both gas and liquids pipelines during a workshop in China last month.
Programme manager Jason Pollock said: “Whilst the project engineering and design development schedule was fast-tracked since completion of the Concept and definition study, and has created significant national interest since its announcement in Sydney at the 14th PNG Mining and Petroleum conference last December.
“It is a credit to both the Kumul Petroleum Project team for their commitment, and our Engineering Contractors for their experience and innovative solutions.
“After a series of engineering and constructability risk evaluations and a very thorough commercial analysis together with our project partners the project team has now finalised both pipeline routes.
“The project remains on schedule and on budget.
“The team has reached a key milestone decision with a preferred onshore and onshore pipeline routes being selected that minimise the construction risk, that will re-energise the exploration activity in Western and offshore and onshore Gulf and Southern Highlands, that will create local employment opportunities, and that will deliver long term sustaining value for all the Stakeholders including KPHL, licence holders, governments and landowners.
“A graduate level engineering development programme is currently being finalised within the project, with several positions being sourced for recruitment shortly.”
“With the aim of developing a world class and sustainable local Papua New Guinean engineering and design workforce, why not start on a world class Papua New Guinea pipeline (Western pipeline).
“These positions will be all for engineering discipline, and will increase year on year throughout the project life cycle.” The National/ PNG Today