By Patricia Keama – EMTV News, Port Moresby
ExxonMobil PNG hosted a celebratory ceremony at its LNG Plant Site to mark a decade of partnership with landowner companies. Today marked ten years of partnership between ExxonMobil and the three landowner companies: LABA Holdings Limited, Hides Gas Development Company and Trans Wonderland Limited in working together to deliver the PNG LNG Project.
The three companies have been working in partnership with ExxonMobil to deliver services through transport, civil constructions and logistics among others.
Managing Director of Exxon Mobil, Andrew Barry, commended the landowner companies for their contribution in delivering the country’s first LNG Project.
“Supporting local businesses is priority for us. Without them we wouldn’t be where we are today – successfully delivering the country’s first LNG Project,” said Mr Barry.
K7 billion has been invested in the Government and the landowners since the inception of the LNG Project. Sixteen landowner companies and 250 non-landowner companies are currently supporting the project. According to Exxon Mobil’s Managing Director, over eighty per cent of Papua New Guineans are working in the project.
Hides Gas Development Company has been supplying ExxonMobil with skilled labour in civil construction, catering and security services employing over 3000 Papua New Guineans during the PNG LNG construction. Similar to HGDC, LABA Holdings provides services in catering, civil works and transport among others.
One of the leading transport and logistics, company Trans Wonderland Limited, has long provided transport and support services to ExxonMobil. Each of these companies were presented plaques in recognition of their contribution to the project for a decade.
Over 250 local businesses are engaged by ExxonMobil to provide services contributing to the LNG Project.
Today’s celebratory ceremony was to acknowledge the support and contribution of local businesses towards the project.